After living in New York City for 20 years, Nelida Silva (from Soy Andina) returns again to her Peru birthplace — this time with a dream of helping rural women start businesses. That’s a daunting challenge in the Andes, where many women are marginalized. But few things deter Nelida, and she succeeds in organizing cooperatives around skills like weaving and quinoa. Then the unexpected happens — she’s invited to run for mayor by a new political party. Fed up with the region’s decline and corruption, she accepts the challenge. Can she become the first woman to win, running on a platform of sustainable development and anti-corruption?
We were able to produce and edit Return to the Andes, thanks to the generous support of more than 500 individual donors. Now the work begins to bring it to the world — the distribution and outreach phase of the work. We are raising funds to cover the costs to do this right: including co-work office space, travel expenses (when not reimbursed), print and digital material, publicist, and most of all, to pay for an ongoing part-time admin/outreach assistant to help manage the campaigns. This film already has a big following and in high demand, from Universities to film festivals from community-based arts organizations to international conferences on Latin America, women’s empowerment, social entrepreneurship and other topics.
– Mitch Teplinsky
Mitch Teplitsky is a documentary producer and marketing/distribution specialist, specializing in cross-cultural films and the immigrant experience. His first film Soy Andina screened on US public television, at hundreds of universities and festivals, and throughout Peru on two U.S. Embassy-sponsored tours. Return to the Andes is a follow-up to that film. In between the Andina films, Mitch produced New American Girls, a web series about Dreamers for Latino Public Broadcasting/PBS.org; returned to Peru as a Fulbright Specialist; and consulted with many other filmmakers to help them raise funds and distribute their films. Before producing, Mitch was the marketing director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
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