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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.
Another H.O.P.E Was Here screening is coming to the tri-state area!
The film was selected from over 1,500 submissions to play at the Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF), which runs this year from May 29 to June 4. The festival, now in its 10th year, will feature narrative and documentary films at the historic Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY. H.O.P.E. will screen at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at the Paramount. Tickets can be purchased here.
The opening night festivities on May 29 will be highlighted by legendary actor Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, See Spot Run) accepting the HIFF 10th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Film & the Arts. The awards ceremony on June 4 will be hosted by longtime stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried.