For ten years El Puente has served as a bridge between the native Bribri on the Talamanca Indigenous Reserve and the rest of Costa Rica, especially the coastal Caribe region. The organization is facing the challenge of preparing a civilization that has lived in the jungle for thousands of years to deal with the modern world, and they have a specific program to tackle that challenge that could be replicated for good around the globe.

While in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica filming the short documentaries "CoopeTala" and "Que Será del Caribe," some crew and Actuality Media staff took time out of their schedule to visit El Puente to make this film. This film was shot on a Canon XA10 and a Canon T2i.

Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
We are more than a film study abroad program. Actuality Media is a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at

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