CasaSito

“Casa” = “Home”

“Sito” = “Site”

“CasaSito” = “Little Engine”

This short documentary centers on the CasaSito Organization – a changemaker organization based in Antigua, Guatemala that focuses its efforts on making sure rural children in nearby towns and villages receive an education.

While schools are, of course, an important part of this program, CasaSito also works to overcome a general lack of nutrition that prevents children from learning at an optimal level, the need of local families for their children to work on the farm, the lack of opportunity for local youth after they have completed school, and more.
“CasaSito” focuses on one such rural student, Paulino Mixteco, and tells the story of his family and his interactions with the organization.

The film also visits nearby Jocotenango, Guatemala, to speak with Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, founder of Asociación Los Patojos, an organization working to prepare today’s Guatemalan youth for taking control of Guatemala’s destiny.

CasaSito from Actuality Media on Vimeo.

This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon T2i and a Canon XA10.

Director: Aisha Reyes
Producer: Emily Cahill
Cinematographer: CJ Capes
Editor: BethAnn Harper

Find out more about the filmmakers, the subjects and Guatemala from Actuality Media, or visit CasaSito online. Also, visit the Los Patojos website or check out the talk Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes gave at the recent TedX conference in Guatemala City.

Actuality Media is an organization that takes media students to developing communities around the globe to create positive media that tells the story of changemakers doing good works to fight societal and environmental problems that plague the world. These short documentaries were each produced during a thirty day outreach where crews researched their subject changemaker, wrote out their story, filmed and edited it.

There are so many more positive stories worth telling, and Actuality Media will have more short documentaries soon.