The following videos are student work done in collaboration with APAK (Asociación de Productores Audiovisuales Kichwas) and community entrepreneurs in Ecuador. Students were participating in Latitude Zero: Ecuador and the Galápagos, a Northeastern University Dialogue of Civilizations program led by Professors Jean Ormaza and David Tamés during the summer of 2017. The three video projects were collaboratively produced videos bringing together organizations and individuals to apply a collective vision to the production of a video to benefit a community. Over one week, students worked on teams through every stage of the process, beginning with meeting community members and pre-production, then moving into production and post-production phases, culminating in two community screenings and a banquet dinner (catered by the UNORCAC Women’s Committee).
LATITUDE ZERO was expected to run again in 2020; however, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will run again in 2023; visit the Latitude Zero: Ecuador and the Galápagos page for more information.
The Women’s Committee UNORCAC is an organization formed by women from several communities in the Cotacachi canton. One of its productive endeavors is the Kichwa Traditional Food Banquet service. The work was produced in different locations of the Cotacachi canton, with the production team working closely with members of the Women’s Committee. There are short and long versions of this video:
Sisa Huayku of the parish Imantag is a dance group that’s been working to spread the Imantag culture for thirty years. They are currently committed to motivating the youth of their community to recover their own cultural knowledge and values through dance and theater. The work was produced in different locations of the Imantag parish with members of production team working in close collaboration with members of the organization.
Sumak Muyu of the La Calera community is an organization of indigenous women working in small enterprises to improve the living conditions of their families and the community. Their main project is producing bio jewelry. The work was developed on location in the community with the members of the Sumak Muyu organization, working in close collaboration with the production team.
LATITUDE ZERO was expected to run again in Summer II, 2020; however, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will run again in Summer I, 2023; visit the Latitude Zero: Ecuador and the Galápagos page for more information.