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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.
The H.O.P.E. Was Here Original Soundtrack is now available on iTunes and Amazon.
The original soundtrack, scored by Argentinian composer Emilio D. Miler, includes eight tracks featured in the film, plus nine bonus tracks not in the film. The last track, "El Llamado, features vocalist Lola Ullmann.