A ONE-MINUTE long movie by local children under the theme Where I Am in Time and Place premiered on Wednesday night at Westgate Cinema.
The project is part of the pilot programme on mainstreaming children’s participation in the media by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Speaking to NewsDay on the sidelines of the premiere of the movie, ZUJ programmes officer Nigel Nyamutumbu said teenagers aged between 12 and 18 have been working under the guidance of both local and international film makers to produce the movies. “The objective of this project is to effectively promote children’s participation in the media and provide opportunities for them to amplify their voices telling their stories from their own perspectives,” he said.
“As ZUJ with this partnership with Unicef, we are advocating for platforms for children to broadcast or write stories to increase their participation in the media as sources, consumers and compilers of news,” he added.
The scriptwriting of the movies, the shooting, the directing and editing was done by the children under the guidance of Rumbi Katedza of The Playing Warriors, Maria Kunonga, among others.