April 2, 2009
ARTICLES: 'A minute for my rights' youth video project in Argentina
'A minute for my rights' youth video project in Argentina
By Erga Sonnenberg
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 1 April 2009 – Young people have discovered an important medium for promoting children's rights in Argentina. Since 2005, 'A minute for my rights' (Un minuto por mis derechos) has brought creative children together to make one-minute films.
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Over 2,000 young people aged 12 to 21 from various backgrounds have participated in the project over the past four years. Most live in impoverished areas of the country and have limited opportunities for creative expression.
During one recent five-month period, a group of participants learned technical and visual skills, and then used them to create and produce a series of one-minute videos. In the process, they engaged in dialogue with their peers, reflected on their rights and thought critically through the creative process.