It all started with a Facebook status. “This contest is sending five talented filmmakers on an all expense paid trip to interesting and unique locations all over the world,” it read. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that it would lead to anything!
The competition was for Microflicks, a global film challenge run by VisionFund and World Vision. It challenged filmmakers from across the globe to enter their short films for a chance to travel to an overseas project and shoot a film about microfinance.
So I entered, and won a place with four other amazing filmmakers from around the world! I am excitedly preparing to fly out to the colourful and vibrant Mexico. Bring on the delicious authentic goodness that is the Taco.
After flying for 13 hours, I’ll be spending my first few days in Mexico City. Hopefully I’ll wake up fresh on Saturday morning to do the tourist thing – a bit of sightseeing, savouring the food, poking the odd cactus, buying a sombrero, wearing ponchos, and chatting to my new amigos. That’s what you do in Mexico, right?
Then it’s off to San Felipe, where I’ll be meeting the beautiful families who will share their life and culture with me. I feel so privileged to be welcomed into their lives and I want to do everything I can to capture the opportunities microfinance has opened up for them.
As I prepare for my first visit to a developing community, I’m also a little nervous about how I’ll respond to the rawness of sharing life with the people of San Felipe and experiencing what is for them daily life. But I know I’ll come away from the experience with a greater understanding of their needs and I can’t wait to share their stories on film.
I love the ability of film to interrupt us in the busyness of life. It inspires us to look deeper within ourselves and see something outside of our own world view. You never know what flow-on effect will come from those moments.
Gracias for starting this journey with me. I look forward to sharing more of my adventure as it unfolds.
Tara Askew is a budding filmmaker from Queensland. You can follow her Microflicks adventure on Twitter.
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