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I am traveling to the south of Mexico to discover my heritage. My Spanish is terrible and I’m taking a video camera. Join me.

In the south of Mexico, on either side of a small, worn road, sits a village called El Once de Febrero. Drenched in thick, humid air, and cut out from farmlands bearing sun-loving foods, it is a village rooted into the earth. Filled with tortillerias, panaderias, taquerias, and tienditas, it is a place in which everyone knows where and who their meals come from. And, until recently, it was a village of families. People would spend their entire lives there, and so would their children—and their children’s children. It was a village rooted into the earth. It was my parents’ village.

“Descent”

I am one of many Mexican-Americans who have grown up in the United States, and this January I am traveling to the south of Mexico to visit my grandparents for the first time in six years. I am seeking to understand the history and heritage of my family in an attempt to resolve the disconnect I have often felt as the son of immigrants. I will wrestle with the questions of what is truly lost and gained when a family moves out of one culture into another, and as a visual storyteller, I will share my process of discovery in hopes that it may serve as a microcosm for the experiences of many others like me.

I invite you to join me in this journey. By contributing to this campaign, you will help ensure that I will have the necessary resources to share this story with others.

Goals

$5,000 is what I need to purchase the most basic video and audio equipment necessary for this trip, and the minimum needed for me to receive any of the pledged funds. (Kickstarter’s funding process is all-or-nothing, so even though I will go to Mexico either way, if this level isn’t secured it would jeopardize my ability to share this story with others.)

$7,000 is the ideal level of funding, and would allow me to to purchase higher quality video and audio equipment, allowing me to focus more on the storytelling as well as create a better cinematic experience.

Anything contributed to the above two levels would go solely towards equipment, but anything beyond that would allow me to travel to other places in Mexico significant to my heritage as well as the heritage of other Mexican-Americans.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since this is my first undertaking of this scale, the primary risk with my project is that I may miss a few critical components throughout the film-making process. As I will be doing all filming without any on-ground assistance, it will likely be difficult at times to manage and transport equipment. I may encounter technical problems while on the trip. My ability to overcome and avoid these challenges, however, will be strengthened by my constant communication with my mentor and film professor, a seasoned documentary filmmaker with years of professional experience.

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