5 Questions with 15-year-old science champ Kpakpando Akaeze

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Meet Kpakpando Akaeze, a 15 year-old high school student from Lagos, Nigeria. You may have heard of her when news spread around the world about a group of girls from Nigeria who designed a urine powered generator. Kpakpando's hobbies include traveling and conducting experiments. In January 2015, she was selected to speak about education and innovation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she told world leaders that they need to step up their game when it comes to investment in education....


Q&A with 16-year-old filmmaker from Albania

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Greis Osmani is a 16-year-old girl from Albania, and recently took part in a One Minutes Jr. workshop in her country. She created a thought-provoking video about youth culture, poverty, and how we all fit into that. We asked her a couple of questions about the video: What is your video about? My video is about the life of a poor girl. She collects rubbish every day to survive in this world. One day she sees some teens taking pictures laughing having a good time meanwhile...


Let's take a stand against unethical businesses

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If you found out that a brand you love, or a company you buy from all the time, is guilty of child labour or pollution, what would you do? That's the question we asked a group of young people on Voices of Youth, in collaboration with the Guardian Sustainable Business to find out what young people think about responsibility and sustainability in today’s business world. The eight best contributions have been selected by the Guardian and published on their website. You can che...


PLURAL+ Awards 2014: “Fruit Salad"

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Interview with Kay Lee, a young filmmaker from Australia/France. 1. What is your video about? My film, "Fruit Salad" is a metaphor representing the plurality of people in the world. The more types of fruit, the greater the salad. It is a video that underscores the importance of integration and values of acceptance. That the world can be a lot "healthier" if it works towards this goal. I was motivated to create it as a result of my experiences in Europe. I came to the real...


PLURAL+ Awards 2014: "Zamni"

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Interview with Merybell Nabilah Reynoso, whose film "Zamni" won the PLURAL+ Nexos Award. 1. What is your video about? It's about an eight-year-old girl that discovers through her friend Zamni, that in spite of their diverse ethnical and cultural backgrounds, they have a lot of things in common. I come from a very diverse ethnical background, so it is very important for me to promote respect and human rights, even if it’s in a very small way. In 2013, I started my fieldwork...


PLURAL+ Awards 2014: "Somewhere to Belong"

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Interview with Julia Khun, whose film "Somewhere to Belong" won the PLURAL+ SIGNIS Award. 1. What is your video about? The movie is about Kenji, who's Japanese but grows up in Germany. However his different looks and cultural background makes it difficult to integrate. Only when he's training he feels like he belongs. Parkour is a young movement. In this sport it doesn't matter where you come from, everybody is the same. You want to be strong to be useful, not to be better th...


PLURAL+ Awards 2014: "3 Things You Should Know About My Hijab"

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Interview with Kayf Abdulqadir, a young filmmaker from Canada. Her video “3 Things You Should Know About My Hijab” is a recipient of an award in this year's PLURAL+ festival. 1. What is your video about? We decided to do a film about the most common questions that most hijabi's get and wanted to film it in a way that would showcase our personalities. So we went with a more quirky approach. Most of the time we are perceived in a negative light, and by “we” I mea...


PLURAL+ Awards 2014: "Sweet-Sour Beef and Onion"

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Interview with Kasper Goethals and Johannes de Bruycker, two young filmmakers from Belgium. Their video “Sweet-Sour Beef and Onion” is a recipient of an award in this year's PLURAL+ festival. 1. What is your video about? Our film is about an international student kitchen in the Belgian city Ghent. Students from all over the world come together in the evenings to cook together. We discovered that through preparing food together, the people in the room connected and got to...


Amazing young filmmakers come to Amsterdam for OneMinutesJr Awards 2014

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Five refugee children from Syria are among the 15 young people who have been nominated for the OneMinutesJr. Awards 2014 which are being held in Amsterdam this weekend. The nominees from Syria participated in video workshops in refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan where they told their personal stories and turned them into fascinating short movies. In addition to the five young people originally from Syria, there are nominees this year from Jordan (2), Afghanistan (2), Ukraine (...


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