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Affluent, Boston-based college students embark on a weeklong goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations—also known as "voluntourism" or service trips—which have fast become both a hallmark of global citizenry and a point of controversy for socially conscious millenials. In their attempts to teach English and work with developmentally disabled children, the students must confront the reality of their work and whether or not it’s creating positive change. A fresh take on a classic moral dilemma, H.O.P.E. Was Here deals with the intersection of privilege and poverty by asking what it really means to help people.
H.O.P.E. Was Here composer Emilio D. Miler recently made the trip from his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina to southern California to honor his nomination for Best Original Score in a Documentary at the 5th annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood.
Between cocktails and red carpet photos, Miler caught up with Berklee College of Music friend Antonio Sanchez, who won the award for Best Original Score in a Feature Film for his drum solo score of Birdman, starring Michael Keaton.
In the documentary category, composer Mark Adler, known for his work in films such as Food, Inc and Saving Lincoln, took the award for his score of Merchants of Doubt.
Miler, right, with his college friend Antonio Sanchez, the big winner of the night.