H.O.P.E. was here| 58mins
Director: Mark Denega | Producer: Mark Denega, Mike Lyons
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: United States
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 vacationsâ€”also known as "voluntourism" or service tripsâ€”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 itâ€™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.
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