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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.
We're thrilled to have been invited to screen H.O.P.E. Was Here this month at Boston University, the alma mater of director Mark Denega.
The film will screen twice on Thursday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to two freshman communication lecture classes. A Q&A with Denega and associate producer and volunteer travel author Travis Kumph will follow each screening.
Note: these are private screenings that are open only to the students of these respective classes. If you're interested in showing H.O.P.E. Was Here at your school or organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an in-person screening with the filmmakers or to purchase an educational copy of the film that you can use to lead your own screening.