Buy an HD download of the 58-minute documentary to screen at your college, club or community, or rent to stream to your personal device.
A story about the merits and pitfalls of volunteering abroad.
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.
H.O.P.E. Was Here has screened all over the world, from 500-person auditoriums at universities such as NYU, Boston University, and
the University of Toronto, to intimate gatherings at youth centers and volunteer organizations in Belgium and New Zealand,
and film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, and the UK.
To screen the film to your alternative break program, volunteer group, or community, purchase the digital download above, or contact the director, Mark Denega, at [email protected], to organize an event complete with filmmaker Q&A and post-screening discussion.
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