DILIJAN, Armenia, 22 September 2014 - Twenty-two young people from Dilijan have come to the tumo center for creative technologies in the Armenian spa town Dilijan this week to participate in a OneMinutesJr workshop.
The 12 boys and 10 girls who will develop, film and edit their first movies this week are a truly inclusive crowd. We have participants with cerebral palsy, Duchenne syndrome, autism, clubfoot, mild intellectual disabilities and psychological development delays alongside other children from Dilijan without disabilites.
From the very beginning it is clear to everybody that all children here have the same rights and that nobody will be left out in the process. But we don't really need to mention this since it comes naturally from the children.
We spend the first part of the day getting to know each other. The trainers this time are from Armenia, the Netherlands and Germany. Languages spoken at the training are mainly Russian and Armenian and the children are very interested in the films screened and the techniques discussed during the introductory part of the 5-day workshop.
In the afternoon we explain the cameras to the participants and then start the individual sessions to develop the story ideas further with the children. In the meantime those who we have already talked to or who have to wait in line for their personal brainstorming with the trainers roam around the tumo center and practise their filming skills.
At the end of the day, we have discussed film ideas with half of the group and the rest is scheduled for tomorrow, day 2 of the workshop.