On the edge of Lake Atitlan, in the small pueblo of San Juan la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala, tourists can visit the local cooperative of guides - Rupalaj K'istalin - to make an appointment to take part in a Mayan tree planting ceremony that is both a show of helping the earth, and one small way to help offset the carbon emissions of flying to Guatemala.
Director: Nayla Tawa
Producer: Angela Jacobus
Cinematographer: Noah Lamport
Editor: Tesia Lingenfelter
This micro-documentary was produced on location in San Juan la Laguna by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon XA10. The making of this video was part of a one-day-shoot assignment; an exercise to prepare a crew who had never filmed together to be ready to create a the short documentary on a local changemaker.
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 actualitymedia.org