Campesino a Campesino (Farmer to Farmer)

“Most of the extremely poor people in the world earn their living now from one-acre farms.

They can earn much more money by finding ways to grow and sell high-value labor-intensive crops such as off-season fruits and vegetables.”     – Paul Polak, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail

“Campesino a Campesino” is a short documentary that centers looks at the successful work of Unión de Agricultores Minifundistas de Guatemala to help educate indigenous Mayan farmers in new methods of farming and bringing funds to the family.

UAM is based out of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, but volunteers sometimes travel hours to outlying villages that are spread throughout many districts of Mayan tribes, where they work to educate farmers on new methods. Those farmers in turn move on to teach yet more farmers the new method, and so on.

This film focuses on Rosenda, a native Maya woman who has learned new techniques for farming, and for life, from UAM. These life lessons have helped overcome tragedy, gain self-confidence, and continue with the struggle of raising her family.

Campesino a Campesino from Actuality Media on Vimeo.

Find out more about the filmmakers, the subjects and Guatemala at campesinoacampesino.actualitymedia.org. Also, you can find an interview with the director in Revista Ojo.

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

Director: Guillermo de la Rosa
Cinematographer: Olivia Loccisano
Editor: Mariah Ore

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.