July 16, 2006

PROJECTS: In Aceh, Indonesia, children's video diaries document their lives after the tsunami

In Aceh, Indonesia, children?s video diaries document their lives after the tsunami

By Nina Martinek

NEW YORK, USA, 13 July 2006 ? At the sprawling Meulaboh camp in Indonesia?s Aceh province, Syahrul, 12, focuses his video camera on a budding yellow flower. Syahrul is one of thousands of Acehnese children living in camps for people displaced by the December 2004 tsunami.

Through a UNICEF-sponsored project called ?Hello Video?, Academy Award-nominated director Riri Riza and a team of young Indonesian filmmakers are teaching children like Syahrul the art of film. So far, 33 Acehnese children in eight UNICEF child centres in Meulaboh and Banda Aceh have participated in workshops organized by the project.

Over the course of each three-day session, the children learn the basics of video production. Cameras in hand, they create video diaries expressing their thoughts, ideas and concerns.

FULL ARTICLE + VIDEO + AUDIO AT http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/indonesia_34939.html

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