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*WINNER: Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival*
*WINNER: Award of Merit, The Indie Fest*

College students from Boston embark on a one-week goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations, which have fast become both a hallmark and a point of controversy for today’s socially conscious generation. In their attempts to teach English and rehab developmentally disabled children, the students must confront the reality of their work and whether or not it’s creating positive change. Part observation and part reflection, H.O.P.E. WAS HERE asks the nuanced and difficult questions about what it means to help people.

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A Film by Mark Denega
Inspired by the book Peace of Me by Travis Kumph
A Third Man In Production in Association With Creative Visions Foundation with Funding From Travel2Change

Produced by Mark Denega and Mike Lyons
Associate Produced by Travis Kumph and Justin Thompson
Story Development and Design by Matt Tranzillo
Original Music by Emilio D. Miler
Sound Design and Mixing by Andrew Duncan Will

All Rights Reserved Third Man In, LLC 2013

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