oaxaca, mexico




Our latest project took place in Oaxaca, Mexico in the Fall of 2012. During three months of workshops participants learned basic film production using handheld flip cameras and professional audio recording equipment.  We are currently in post-production, stay tuned for the Cartas de Oaxaca!     

De la Luna: Cartas de Oaxaca explores life at Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna, a home and a refuge for families surviving desperate situations in Oaxaca city, Mexico. Through the unique stories of 6 adolescent youth, these short films explore what brought each family to Casa Hogar as well as the broader social issues that inform their daily lives. This short form documentary was filmed entirely by the youth themselves providing an opportunity for each young filmmaker to explore new tools for social change, become advocates for themselves and their communities, and to represent themselves to a global audience.

While nurturing each youth to express their own unique experience, this project also created space for these young people to process their common experience of being silenced and underrepresented in their community.  This project encouraged youth to tell their own stories and to find resilience and strength in their life experiences.


This is an interactive photo project that transports you into each room of       Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna.  

Audio recording by Fanie and photographs taken by Nayeli with the help of guest artist and associate producer Jaime Lebrija. 

Tia, in her 90′s, came to the casa hogar after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Everyday, the children of the Casa Hogar do homework in the courtyard.

Post nap-time in the bedroom of the youngest residents of the casa hogar.

Everyday “Mama Coco” makes lunch for the 42 residents of the casa hogar

The toddlers of Casa Hogar play outside while the older kids do homework.

Fanie recording the audio tracks for the de la LUNA sound map.


 Workshops included themed activities and lessons centered around human rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Technical workshops and lessons covered everything from narrative tools and story boarding to basics of cinematography and sound recording. Participants also had the opportunity to bring their filmed material to class for peer review.

Participants will continue filming using the cameras used during the workshops  – we encouraged them to also continue publishing their work to the Global Video Letters website for further interaction and feedback.

Producers: Alejandra Olguin & Flannery Miller

Co-Producer: Jaime Lebrija

Partner NGO:Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna

The Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna is not an orphanage, but a temporary home for children whose single mothers cannot support them financially while caring for them at home. The house was started in 2001 by María Socorro Ramirez González, who realized that children were alone at home while their mothers were out struggling to earn a living at night. María opened her home in response to this endemic crises in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The house initially gave shelter to two children, but is now a home to over forty children between the ages of 3 weeks and twelve years old. In 2007 the house was formalized as a non-profit organization.

For more information about Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna go to: http://www.hijosdelaluna.org

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