Help us finish a documentary about four teens coming-of-age in a small, rural Mexican town that has suffered 50% migration to the U.S.
La Tierra de los Adioses/The Land of Goodbyes is a documentary film currently in production about Iván, Ana, Lupita and Ulises, adolescents coming-of-age in Zapotitlán Palmas, Oaxaca, Mexico. This small rural community has suffered 50 percent migration to the United States. The teenagers have watched their brothers, cousins, best friends and parents leave among shrinking opportunities within the town. Having dealt with abandonment, they must now face the decision for themselves. Should they leave as so many they know have? Or will they remain in the only home they’ve known?
La Tierra de los Adioses es un documental actualmente en producción sobre cuatro jóvenes -Iván, Ana, Ulises y Lupita- que viven en la pequeña comunidad rural de Zapotitlán Palmas en el estado de Oaxaca en el sureste de México. Zapotitlán sufre de un 50% de migración a los Estados Unidos.
Para poder terminar este proyecto y transmitir las historias de Iván, Ana, Ulises y Lupita necesitamos recaudar más fondos. Todo cuenta, ya que sin su apoyo no podremos terminar este proyecto. Ayúdanos a transmitir nuevas voces!
When you donate $50 or more you will receive a straw handbag made from the craftwork special to Zapotitlán Palmas. Here's our short documentary about those handbags:
“It would be good to have more jobs so that they don’t immigrate anymore. They wouldn’t go there. I’m sure of that.”
“They are there so that we can study, so that we don’t suffer the same as them, so that we don’t also go there.”
“My dad works in construction in the United Sates…They leave because they need money.”
“My parents need my support, and I will give it. My mom cries for me to stay because it’s something that hurts her: to let me go.”
We’re raising money to finish filming!
We’re currently knee-deep in production, but we won’t be able to finish without your help! In order to give such a complex story justice, we need to keep going back to continue shooting. We’re raising funds for travel and stay to and around Zapotitlán Palmas, and the U.S., where family have gone to work. Our plan is to finish production by December 2011.
Because we can't do it without you. The story of Zapotitlán Palmas deserves to be told, and you can make that happen. Every dollar brings us one step closer to finishing the film.
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Sep 22, 2011 - Nov 6, 2011 (45 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A promotional 5x7 postcard and a special thank you (in English & Spanish!) from the filmmakers!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A promotional 5x7 postcard, a special thank you (in English & Spanish!) and a free digital download of the finished film!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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A promotional 5x7 postcard, a special thank you (in English & Spanish!), a free digital download of the finished film and a special edition signed DVD of the finished film!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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9 backers Limited (21 of 30 left)
All of the above PLUS a straw hat or handbag handmade from the specialized craftwork of Zapotitlán Palmas. (U.S. and Mexico only)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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6 backers Limited (9 of 15 left)
All of the above PLUS a straw handbag filled with traditional Oaxacan treats such as tamarind jam, dulces de coco, raw chocolate, mole and much more!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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All of the above PLUS a "special thanks" shout out in the credits!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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6 backers Limited (4 of 10 left)
All of the above PLUS a bottle of traditional Oaxacan mezcal cream to celebrate your reward! You pick the flavor! (U.S. or Mexico only)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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All of the above PLUS a personal Q&A with the filmmakers via skype (a "muy buena" opportunity to practice your Spanish with Chantal!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You can now add “Associate Producer” to your resume! You will be credited as such at the end of the film! PLUS all of the above.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
All of the above PLUS a special screening with the filmmakers including dinner in NYC!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012