In June, 18 young people from the Mexico City area gathered at the Instituto Pedagogico Para Problemas de Lenguajes for a OneMinutesJr. workshop. The theme was “It’s About Ability!” and the workshop was an opportunity for children with disabilities to express themselves through one minute movies.
Their official challenges included hearing, intellectual and mobility impairments, but not creativity and enthusiasm. They were eager to learn about camera angles, storytelling and filming techniques. Many of the youth participants have faced issues of discrimination or difficulties in Mexico because of their disabilities and wanted to share those issues with the world. Their strengths in the face of these challenges was obvious in their vibrancy and positive outlook on their abilities.
The video subjects ranged from playing basketball, alternative forms of communication, friendship and creative expression. At the end of the workshop, over 80 friends, family and spectators joined the youth for the premiere of the films. Under the night sky, in the Instituto’s courtyard, the 18 youth filmmakers watched their videos on the big screen for the first time, and applauded both audibly and by waving their hands in the air.
The videos were also used in the Mexico launch of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report on “Children with Disabilities” on 18 June.