H.O.P.E. Was Here

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Documentary film from Peru, 58 minutes
English and Spanish with English subtitles

Screens Friday, February 27, 2015
Screening Block 1, 12pm-3:15pm

Directed by Mark Denega
Produced by Mark Denega, Mike Lyons, Travis Kumph and Justin Thompson

Affluent college students from Boston embark on a one-week goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations, which have fast become both a hallmark and a point of controversy for today’s socially conscious generation. In their attempts to teach English and work with developmentally disabled children, the students must confront the reality of their work and whether or not it’s creating positive change. A fresh take on a classic moral dilemma, H.O.P.E. Was Here deals with the intersection of privilege and poverty by asking what it really means to help people. Produced in association with the Malibu-based documentary incubator Creative Visions Foundation.

About the Director

Mark Denega is a non-fiction producer, cinematographer, and editor whose work has won awards at international film festivals and across the web. Mark’s debut documentary, H.O.P.E. Was Here, earned accolades at the Mexico International Film Festival and The Indie Fest, and his documentary series COMlife picked up a Telly Award and a Best TV Show nomination at the College Emmys. Originally from Orange County NY, Mark graduated film school from Boston University and now shoots, produces, and edits content for MSG Networks in New York City.


2014 Mexico International Film Festival – Bronze Palm Award
2014 The Indie Fest – Award of Merit
2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards – Official Nomination, Best Original Score in a Documentary
2012 Travel2change/GOOD – Travel for Good Grant Winner

Inspired by the book Peace of Me: Reflections of Service and Self-Discovery by Travis Kumph


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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