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WINNER: Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival
WINNER: Award of Merit, The Indie Fest
NOMINEE: Best Documentary, Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival
NOMINEE: Best Original Score - Documentary, Hollywood Music in Media Award
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Hoboken International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Llanberis Mountain Film Festival
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.
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 2014