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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 day is almost here! We're going to Lima tomorrow for 11 days to finish principal photography on H.O.P.E. Was Here. We'll film interviews with some of the Peruvian locals that Stonehill students work with, plus try to capture the day-to-day rhythm of Canto Grande while there aren't 20 gringos hanging around town. After a few days the 2013 Stonehill HOPE Peru group will meet Travis and me down there. I'll film a bit of them, as well.
Find below my packing list, which might be useful for any documentarian traveling overseas who needs a light load. I'll be shooting 6-8 hours each day in roughly 85 degree heat (eek!), then dumping my footage onto external drives at night and formatting the cards. I'll charge batteries overnight.
- Medium duffle bag with clothes. Two pair jeans, three pair shorts, t-shirts, one outfit for Sunday mass, baseball cap, and sunglasses.
- Stainless steel water bottle.
- Panasonic HMC-150 HD video camera.
- Audio-Technica AT897 shotgun microphone with Pearstone Windbuster.
- Sennheiser wired lavalier microphone.
- Bogen Tripod.
- (4) 16 GB SanDisk SD cards, (1) 32 GB SanDisk SD card.
- (3) Large camera batteries with approximately 5 hours life each.
- (2) 1 TB LaCie Rugged external hard drives.
- Power adapter for electrical outlets.
- Kodak 72-in-1 media card reader.
- Macbook Pro laptop
All of the gear, laptop included, fits in a medium soft camera case and a medium backpack. The tripod has its own soft carrying case.