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Short Film Shot In Ecuador By Scripps College Students To Screen Saturday At Athens Film Festival

Photo: MDIA student Christina Wang, and J-School student Sarah Volpenhein capture footage of Veronica Morales Tuqueres, a young mother and seamstress who struggles to support her children while living in sub standard housing in the hills above Quito.

One of the short documentaries being screened at the upcoming 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival is one of four short projects created by students from the Schools of Media Arts & Studies and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism during a winter break trip to Ecuador.

The documentary, El Buen Vivir, focuses on the vast housing disparities in Quito, Ecuador and the capital city’s struggle to provide proper housing for its burgeoning population.

“I’m very proud of all four projects, and especially pleased that El Buen Vivir is being honored by the Athens Film Festival with a screening,” said Frederick Lewis, an associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies and the director of the three-week Ecuador program. “These students accomplished a lot in a very compressed period of time.”

El Buen Vivir  was produced by Sarah Volpenhein, Christina Wang, Kam Harrah and John Householder. “Making El Buen Vivir was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, “ said Householder. “The people were amazing and let us into their homes and lives so that we could better understand the world in which they live.”

The 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival will take place April 11-17 and features a full schedule of both locally and internationally produced films. El Buen Vivir will screen on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at The Athena on Court Street.

Watch all four documentaries created here.

Original Article Via Scripps College Staff Reports

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