I have always dreamed of being a director. When I did a search for video-making competitions so I could get more filmmaking experience, I came across the Make A Video Contest organised by Unicef HK. It is a meaningful competition where youngsters can express their views to the public through one-minute videos. Without hesitation, I joined the competition.
Secondary school is coming to an end, and soon I will have to sit for the DSE. As it gets closer, the classroom has become silent, except for the annoying sounds of note-taking and turning pages in examination papers and notebooks. Gone are my classmates’ smiles, only to be replaced with frowns and sad faces. Like me, they are feeling the burdens of the exam, the future and their aspirations. All of this inspired the theme for my video, Inner Voice.
There is no escape from the pressure of exams and the future. The only thing to do is to face these challenges head-on with vigour. But seeing my classmates go to tutorial classes after a full day of lessons in school, I can’t help but feel ashamed. Am I asking too little of myself? Should I limit my time playing football so I can prepare for these exams? Or is society demanding too much? I can only adjust my mindset, learn to find pleasure amidst the pain, and face adversity in a positive way.
I hope my video will show the importance of communication between parents and teenagers. A tree can withstand strong wind, but it still needs sunshine and nutrients. in the same way, teenagers – though almost adults – still need parents’ care, understanding and guidance.
After watching my video, my parents realise what kind of pressure I have been under from these exams. We talk more often now, whether it’s just chit chats on family affairs or trifles in everyday life. This makes me feel cherished, and such conversations are heart-warming.
But the best thing this competition did was to spark an in-depth discussion with classmates on the problems we face. The process has brought us a joy that was long forgotten.
Unicef HK’s Make A Video competition gives young people a chance to express themselves through video. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post . Check out the videos at mav.unicef.org.hk and yp.scmp.com. Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.