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Physical, Action and Social clips, Tonga
9 June 2009

The project is a bit behind schedule but still going strong. Our project leaders and selected participants recently joined a 3 day workshop in theatre skills and improvisation with a team of professionals from New Caledonia. The team of 4 from Pacifique et Compagnie visited the kingdom to work with ON THE SPOT. This was a fantastic opportunity for our project and the workshops were incredibly useful in inspiring the team to think creatively, work together, and in improving our acting skills for filming - which starts next week. The workshops were concluded with a Friday night improvisation match at ON THE SPOT's STAGE FRIGHT event. This was a good opportunity to invite the public and think about how we might organise and promote the public screenings of our clips.

Project leader Ruha Fifita also represented the team at a week of workshops in creating media messages with other HIV Stakeholders. She then represented the group at another stakeholders meeting and delivered a fantastic presentation on the group and details of the Clipping HIV/AIDS Project. Stakeholders are willing to be involved once clips are filmed and look forward to viewing and using the final clips the team creates.

Unfortunately - camera man Isi Taufahema is no longer available to work committedly on our clips as he lives so far away and recently became a full time employee at the local TV station. So he will just be assisting with music and editing. We have found another talented camera man - just down the road who will take over from Isi and is excited to be part of the project.

Challenges have been communication , transport and commitment of participants as many no longer have mobile phones or access to phones, many have multiple homes or limited access to transportation, and family and school commitments always pop up requiring us to change our plans. Also a few project leaders and participants have left the main island for personal reasons so we are opening up the team to new members since our theatre workshops where we met many new individuals who were interested in the project.

The team gets together this week to finalise story boards and create filming schedule. We hope to create 3 series of 3 clips. One showing the scientific or PHYSICAL facts about the virus - what it is and how it works etc. One series on ACTION encouraging young people to get tested and what to do to prevent getting the virus and one series about the SOCIAL issues surrounding the virus and combating myths and negative perceptions.

Many thanks to you all for all the updates and encouragement.
stay in touch .
- Ebonie

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This page last updated: 9 June 2009