2010 workshops

1: Suva, Fiji - January 18-22, 2010
2: Juba, Sudan - March 2010
3: Kampala, Uganda - February 2010
4: Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 26-30, 2010
5: Dushanbe, Tajikistan - May 14-18, 2010
6: Kyiv, Ukraine - June 7-11, 2010
7: Gisenyi, Rwanda - June 11-5, 2010
8: Guba, Azerbaijan - June 28 - July 2, 2010
9: Pittsburgh, USA - July 5-10, 2010
10: Mexico City, Mexico - October 1-5, 2010
11: Luang Prabang, Laos - November 18-22, 2010

In the small town of Gisenyi, Rwanda, the World Cup kicked off with the beginning of an exciting oneminutesJr. workshop. The workshop was organized as part of UNICEF’s World Cup in My Village project, which brought a large screen to the local football stadium in Gisenyi so that families and kids from the area could watch the games together every day. The oneminutesJr. workshop participants were gathered from Gisenyi and the surrounding villages by local partnering organization, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle. At the end of their first day of the workshop, the participants joined the crowd of over 3,000 people to enjoy the festive opening night ceremony at the stadium to get a preview of the venue where their videos, which would be focused on children’s rights, were to be screened at the end of workshop.

With the historic World Cup tournament – held in Africa for the first time ever – setting the stage, Rwandan youth began to think about the issues affecting their lives. They were asked to consider the obstacles that prevented them from achieving their goals, as well as the positive aspects of their lives that gave them support. Different notions of family, strength, and health emerged as powerful topics, as well as the right to an education.

Led by Dutch artist Taatske Pieterson and Rwandan filmmaker Daddy Ruhorahoza, participants learned how to translate their ideas into films - creating story boards, writing narration, and choosing actors. They also learned digital video camera skills and created their films together as they changed roles from directors to directors of photography to assistants.

Because the youth lived in the area, several of the films were shot in locations true to their stories, with family members and friends as lead actors. Films that involved their loved ones added to the uniqueness and power of each story, many of which showed off their extra-curricular talents.

The films premiered in two locations on the closing night. First, the youth celebrated with their friends and families at an intimate certificate ceremony at Vision Juenesse Nouvelle, which ended with a special song and dance performance that the youth created. Following that, the final celebration was held at the Gisenyi football stadium, where the films were screened in front of a local audience of hundreds who cheered during many of the films.

The films will continue to be screened between World Cup matches in Rwanda and will also play in a similar environment in Zambia, the 2nd location for World Cup in my Village.