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Listen Up Adults: A Call to Action Film from Children in Nicaragua

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Earlier in the year, Conscious Magazine had the opportunity to get a deeper look into the efforts behind Gwapa (Beautiful), a documentary by Thirsty Girl Films that followed the stories of two Filipino families fighting for the health of their children who were born with deformities.

The innovative members of the Gwapa Project and Thirsty Girl Films did not stop there – they have merged to form what is now Weird Pixel and continue to support non-profit organizations around the world. In 2013 they have worked with the Barrio Planta Project, a non-profit in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua that provides education to low-income children with a focus on creative arts and English as a second language. Weird Pixel helped the Barrio Planta Project share their mission with a wider audience by creating and donating a short film called “Listen Up Adults.”

“Listen Up Adults” is a fun call-to-action video that features several kids involved in the Barrio Planta Project. The young boy who narrated and starred in this video, Kevin Fernando Villato Bermudez, shined above the rest as he learned the English lines, memorized the script, and choreographed the dance moves with his friends. Thanks to the language education and breakdancing workshops provided by the Barrio Planta Project and the hard work of all those involved, this whole production was written, produced, and shot in only five days.

So what is the video about? “Listen Up Adults” uses creativity to encourage creativity. This short film is a reminder to viewers that “what’s best for the world is you be you!” The kids of the Barrio Planta Project use costumes, dancing, and silliness to embrace their creativity and inspire others to do the same. In contrast to other non-profit videos, which tend to focus on the greater organization, this video greatly highlights the kids themselves, allowing their fun and unique personalities to shine through and reach the viewer.

bprojectThe “Listen Up Adults” film didn’t just serve as a way to raise awareness for the Barrio Planta Project and their work in Nicaragua, it also provided the kids involved with an experience they will never forget: the confidence needed to be on camera, the discipline it took to rehearse lines and dance moves, the creativity involved in the improvisation of certain scenes – these skills will benefit the children of San Juan del Sur going forward, and inspire those around them.

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Photo credit: Kuba Okon (photo #2)
Photos provided by Barrio Planta Project

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Gwapa, An Inspiring Story of Beauty

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Gwapa is not only a documentary about the lives of struggling Filipino families; it is also a story of faith and hope. It is a means of raising awareness about the issues that many impoverished families face in a culture that most of us know very little about. Gwapa, which translates to “beautiful” in Visayan, is also an example of how a group of people with a common cause can make a difference by serving others.

Gwapa (Beautiful) is a documentary by Thirsty Girl Films that portrays the lives of two Filipino families and their fight for a healthy future for their children, who were born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. These birth defects affect nearly 5,000 Filipino children each year, but unfortunately go untreated due to expensive surgery costs. The film depicts the determination of the parents who are doing everything in their power to help their children in need.

The story is told in two parts, with Thirsty Girl Films first documenting the lives of the Filipino families and the struggles they face back in 2010. The group then traveled with Faces of Tomorrow, the non-profit that provides free cleft surgery for children in need, to witness the outcome of the fight for a healthy future.

Although the filming of Gwapa (Beautiful) is complete, the creation of the documentary had a lasting effect on those involved. The Gwapa Project is a non-profit organization that originated from the incredible experience in the Philippines, dedicated to serving communities in need all around the world. The members of the Gwapa Project, consisting of young media professionals with a passion for serving, have teamed up with existing organizations such as Creative Hope to help provide creative and sustainable solutions to developing countries.

The Gwapa Project didn’t stop after the documentary was over: the non-profit is currently working in Nicaragua with the Barrio Planta Project to help with creative arts programs for children in the San Juan del Sur community. This initiative is just one of many that The Gwapa Project has been involved in – they depend on donations and the collaboration with established non-profits in order to make an impact on communities in need. This group serves as an inspiring example of how it is possible to make a difference just by using the skills that you already have.

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