A month before the first-in-24-years multi-party elections in Sudan, a oneminutesjr. workshop was organized in Juba, Southern Sudan. The lead-up to the historic elections were the perfect backdrop for a workshop themed "Peace in my Life." Young people from the capital of Southern Sudan were brought together to envision what peace means to them.
“What brings you peace?” “Do you remember anything from during the war? How are things different now that there’s peace?” These were some of the questions asked of the young participants, ages 10-17. The workshop was held on the grounds of the Southern Sudan TV station and led by video artists Sander Leemans and Selby Gildemacher.
Many of the children used metaphors of flowers, games and sports to express their views on peace, while others talked straight to the camera about their experiences during war and its aftermath. The kids, most of whom had not seen many films before, let alone used cameras, learned how to tell a story and to use a camera.
The films premiered al fresco at the UNICEF Headquarters in Juba. They were projected onto a wall and a large crowd of family members and friends gathered to witness the youth-made videos. Afterwards, certificates were given out and parents celebrated their children with special calls, flowers and big hugs.