Since I have been back in the swing of trying to find more funding to continue this work, I am often asked what is this story about. And to be quite honest I lost my way for awhile. When I first decided to travel to Bolivia, I was interested in the intense and sweeping social and political changes happening there and I wanted to see how it was affecting society in general. After a few months of observation, I came to realize that the Afro-Bolivian struggle (and subsequent successes) are part of a by-product of this change in ideology that is currently happening within Bolivia, and is also synonymous with the changes that are occurring throughout most of Latin America.
Wow. That sort of seems a lot to swallow....perhaps it's too theoretical. "Too esoteric" is actually what I heard most of the time from potential funders when I asked for feedback. These reactions intimidated me, and I felt that I had to scale my ambitions back with this story. So I did that for a while. Trying my hardest to make this a much simpler plot about the Black Struggle in Latin America, an idea that is familiar for many, yet still considered an untouched topic in media.
So I'm happy to say that I'm back to making the film that I want to make, with better solutions to important structural questions. I also value the time of divergence that I had, because it helped me see that my original path is the correct one. I'm excited to move forward.
Thanks for reading!