Food & Farming

The small pueblo of San Juan la Laguna (Solola, Guatemala) sits on the edge of Lake Atitlan - one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Pollution of all sorts threatens the lake - from increased industry and tourism to littering and trash dumping, and especially pesticides in the many fields on the hillsides around the lake. These hillsides feed directly into the water that sustains San Juan and many other towns.
Ati't Ala' is a local organization that has started a small organic farm in San Juan to serve as an example of how successful farming naturally can be, as well as provide produce to local restaurants where organic-preferring tourists dine.

Director: Jenn Robbins
Producer: Lacie Cushman
Cinematographer: Danny Zawodny
Editor: Ruhui Zhao (Zoey)

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


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