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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.
Awesome news: we’ve got our first festival win!
H.O.P.E. Was Here was just honored the Award of Merit at The Indie Fest in La Jolla, CA. The Indie Fest is a top-tier international awards competition that receives entries from over 40 countries around the globe. Awards go to those filmmakers who create fresh, standout films, television programs, compelling documentaries and new media.
The Indie Fest and its sister competition, The Accolade Awards, are filmmaker friendly and great options for any independent documentarian.