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A unique look at the human face of migration over time, this is a sequel to the film on fiesta, family, and community we made in 1992.
A unique look at the human face of migration over time, this is a sequel to the film on fiesta, family, and community we made in 1992.
112 backers pledged $23,558 to help bring this project to life.

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THE FILM.  Immigration  is one of the most pressing issues of our day. Yet, what do we really know about migrants? How do they construct their culture and identities in their new world? How do they redefine their ties to their homeland? What about their children? Our sequel to the film we made in 1992 answers these questions by exploring the changing lives of a remarkable group of Peruvian migrants and their fiesta over a twenty-year period. Shot in the U.S. and Peru, it shows the human face of migration, bringing to light the unseen identities, colorful lifestyle, and cultural mixing of families on the move. (Leer en español debajo)

Fiesta sponsors Nilo Abril, Lucy Quispe, and family with bullfighters during the celebrations in Cabanaconde, Peru.

TRANSNATIONAL FIESTA: TWENTY YEARS LATER  revisits the indigenous community, migrant colony, and fiesta first documented in our award-winning film, Transnational Fiesta: 1992. It explores both change and continuity, following the Quispe and Abril families from D.C. back to Cabanaconde, Peru, and to the religious festival they first sponsored two decades ago. The Virgin of Carmen fiesta, Cabanaconde’s most emblematic and vivid manifestation of communal solidarity and belonging, now extends beyond Cabanaconde, uniting families and communities over time and space. Our film also shows the significant contributions migrants make to Peru and the U.S., and the relationship their children have to both worlds. By focusing on real people and events, the film will be truthful, revealing, and appealing to those interested in cross cultural understanding and how migration shapes and is shaped by our globalized world.

Migrants and their children celebrating the 4th of July in Virginia, U.S.A.

WHO ARE WE AND WHY THIS FILM?  We are making this film to foster awareness of the lived experience of Latino immigrants and the many ways they contribute to the U.S. and Latin America. We, Wilton and Paul, became friends while studying anthropology in Lima, Peru, in the early 1980s. Paul first met the Quispe family when he visited Cabanaconde in 1985. While he was doing research there from 1987 through 1988, many Quispes and other Cabaneños emigrated to the U.S. Paul grew close to the Quispes, visiting them in D.C. and becoming a godfather to one of their children. By this time, Wilton was in Los Angeles pursuing graduate studies in visual anthropology and had made several films on Latino immigrants in the L.A. area.

In 1991 we learned that the Quispes in D.C. were about to sponsor the Virgin of Carmen festival in Cabanaconde. It was the perfect moment. Together, we cashed out our credit cards and shot footage in both places. The result was Transnational Fiesta: 1992. With its pioneering focus and visual style, the film debunked stereotypes of indigenous peoples as backwards and isolated. It won awards and was purchased by hundreds of universities in the U.S., Europe, and Peru.

We want to reach an even larger audience with the new film. Today, we have the benefit of 20 additional years of experience with Cabanaconde. From this unique position, we will provide an inside look into an exceptional community and the effects of migration over time. This is a story that needs to be told!

Meeting of the Cabanaconde City Colca USA migrant association in Maryland.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY.  We  are well into production. Last summer we shot over 30 hours of great footage. In the D.C. area we filmed several events and interviewed key families from twenty years ago, including second and third generation members. Some who were just children in our first film provided great material about changes in the new generation. We then traveled to Cababaconde and, twenty years to the day from our last production, filmed the Virgin of Carmen fiesta. We shot religious processions, bullfights, feasts, fireworks, and interviewed locals and return migrants. The material we gathered, a sample of which is in the above clip, is amazing!

Chris Parschalk playing the Star Spangled Banner during the 4th of July.

WHY YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT.  Though we have made great progress and now have important endorsements (PromPeru, the Peruvian Consulate, and others), we still need a strong funding push to complete the film. The money we are seeking through Kickstarter will cover the expenses for our last shoot and most post-production expenses, thus ensuring we finish our film. Our goal is to complete the film by October. Given the raging debates about immigration and that, by pure coincidence, this is an election year, our project will resonate strongly with national and international audiences. But we need your help!

The fiesta sponsors at mass during the fiesta celebrations in Cabanaconde.

DONATE. When you pledge, you become part of this film project. Just to remind you about how Kickstarter works: we have to meet our goal of $22,000 by August 14.  If we don’t, we receive nothing and your money is returned to you. So please make a donation, whatever is within your means, and please share this project with others who may be interested in a personal look at a unique community and the effects of migration on people and places over time. Thanks!

Peruvian and U.S. flags flying among the fireworks during the fiesta.

LA PELÍCULA. La migración es uno de los temas más controversiales hoy en día. Sin embargo ¿cuánto se conoce realmente sobre la experiencia de los migrantes? ¿Cómo construyen sus culturas e identidades en su nuevo mundo? ¿Cómo redefinen sus lazos con su tierra de orígen? ¿Cómo es este proceso para sus hijos? Nuestra película responde a estas preguntas mostrando las experiencias de una notable comunidad de migrantes peruanos y los cambios ocurridos en sus vidas durante los últimos veinte años. Rodado en EEUU y Perú, el documental revela el rostro humano de la migración, las identidades poco conocidas y la riqueza cultural de familias y comunidades en flujo y transformación. 

FIESTA TRANSNACIONAL: 20 AÑOS DESPUÉS se enfoca en la misma comunidad, colonia de migrantes y la misma fiesta que documentamos en nuestra premiada película Fiesta Transnacional: 1992. La nueva producción explora qué ha cambiado y qué permanece igual, siguiendo a las familias Quispe y Abril desde Washington DC hasta Cabanaconde, Peru, de retorno a la misma festividad religiosa que apadrinaron dos décadas atrás. La fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, la expresión más emblemática de solidaridad e identidad comunitaria en Cabanaconde, se ha extendido internacionalmente, uniendo a familias y comunidades a través de fronteras espaciales y temporales. También se muestran las importantes contribuciones que hacen los migrantes a Perú y EEUU, así como la compleja relación que tienen sus hijos con ambos mundos. Enfocándose en personas y situaciones reales, el documental será revelador y de mucho interés para todos los interesados en relaciones interculturales y en la manera como la migración moldea y es moldeada por nuestro mundo globalizado. 

QUIÉNES SOMOS Y POR QUÉ ESTA PRODUCCIÓN. Con esta producción buscamos informar y sensibilizar al público sobre la experiencia de los migrantes Latinos y las muchas formas en que contribuyen a los EEUU y Latinoamérica. Nosotros, Wilton y Paul, nos conocimos cuando estudiábamos antropología en Lima al comienzo de los 1980s. Paul conoció a la familia Quispe en 1985 cuando visitaba Cabanaconde. Mientras hacía investigación allí entre 1987 y 1988, muchos miembros de la familia y otros Cabaneños migraron a EEUU. Paul se hizo muy amigo de los Quispe, visitándolos en Washington y apadrinando a uno de sus hijos. Por esos años, Wilton se encontraba en Los Angeles completando estudios de postgrado en antropología visual y ya había producido varios cortos sobre migrantes Latinos en el área de Los Angeles. 

En 1991 nos enteramos que los Quispes en Washington estaban por auspiciar la fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen en Cabanaconde. Era una oportunidad única así que maximizamos nuestras tarjetas de crédito y nos lanzamos a la producción. El resultado fue Fiesta Transnacional: 1992. Con su enfoque y estilo visual pioneros, el documental sacudió los estereotipos de los pueblos indígenas como atrasados y aislados. Recibió muchos premios y ha sido adquirida por cientos de universidades en EEUU, Perú, Europa y otros países.

 Esta vez queremos llegar a audiencias más grandes. Ahora contamos con 20 años más de conocimiento y experiencia con Cabanaconde, lo cual nos da una ventaja única para brindar una mirada íntima de esta excepcional comunidad y los efectos históricos de la migración. Esta es una historia que debe ser conocida! 

EN DÓNDE ESTAMOS. Estamos bastante avanzados con la producción. El verano pasado grabamos cerca de 30 horas de excelente material. En la zona de Washington registramos varios eventos familiares y comunitarios y también entrevistamos a miembros de las familias luego de veinte años, incluyendo migrantes de segunda y tercera generación. Algunos de ellos, que aún eran niños en nuestra primera producción, nos brindaron excelentes testimonios desde su posición bi-cultural como cabaneño-americanos. Luego viajamos a Cabanaconde y, luego de veinte años de nuestra primera producción, filmamos los eventos de la fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen: procesiones religiosas, corrida de toros, bailes, fuegos artificiales, así como entrevistas con residentes locales y migrantes visitantes. Como se puede apreciar en el video clip arriba, el material que grabamos es impresionante!

POR QUÉ ERES TAN IMPORTANTE. Aunque hemos avanzado mucho y contamos con el respaldo de importantes auspiciadores (PromPerú, Consulado General del Perú y otras instituciones), todavía necesitamos un soporte financiero para terminar la producción. El dinero que buscamos recolectar con esta campaña de Kickstarter servirá para cubrir los costos de filmación adicional en Washington y los gastos de edición y post-producción. Nuestra meta es finalizar la película en Octubre. El tema de la migración estará en el centro de los debates ya que, por pura coincidencia, este año habrán elecciones presidenciales en EEUU. Por eso, el proyecto será de mucho interés para audiencias nacionales e internacionales. Pero necesitamos tu apoyo! 

HAZ UNA DONACIÓN.  Hazte parte del proyecto contribuyendo con una donación. Así es como funciona Kickstarter: tenemos que lograr nuestra meta de $22,000 hasta el 14 de Agosto. Si no llegamos a la meta en esa fecha, te devuelven tu dinero y nosotros no recibimos nada. Por eso te solicitamos contribuir con una donación dentro de tus posibilidades. Por favor también ayúdanos a difundir el proyecto y esta campaña entre todas las personas interesadas en conocer de cerca a una comunidad única de migrantes andinos peruanos y el impacto histórico de la migración en nuestro mundo globalizado ¡Gracias!

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