Alight, alongside Burners without Borders (backed up by Burning Man), Ronald Rael, and our video production company (Alejandro Mendivil as the Cinematographer) got caught up in Lika’s vision of transforming a shelter into a sanctuary. We followed Ronald through the process of building an “horno” with the help of the community, as he explains the symbolic meaning behind fire, how it brings people together with its warmth, functionality, and light in this social impact documentary.
The cinematography of this social impact documentary centers in what this place means to the people who had been left without a home. The camera experiences a witness/guest point of view where we can feel through beauty shots and hide-out perspectives the hard work and tranquility of this place. We also have a colorful and warm palette, resembling the spirit of youth and playful light flares, that reminds us that there is always a hint of light in every moment.
A Little Piece of Home (Pedacito de la Tierra) Social Impact Documentary Film premiered in a virtual event aimed to amplify unity through joy, which celebrated and bolstered the connection of communities across borders with food, space and hope.
CREATOR | PRODUCER: Kai Schoenhals
DIRECTOR: Lina Lyte Plioplyte
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | EDITOR: Leigh Glynn-Finnegan
WRITER: Kai Schoenhals
WRITER: Leigh Glynn-Finnegan
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Alejandro Mendivil
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Vanessa Forero
STORY DEVELOPMENT: Alight | BWB | Professor Ronald Rael
TRANSLATION: Raquel Orellana Nuñez | Ramiro Martinez | Charles Lehnen
PRE-PRODUCTION SUPPORT: John Behrens | Brook Holston
SPECIAL THANKS: Sister Alma Angélica Macías Mejía (Lika) | Reverend Rodger A. Babnew Jr. | The residents at Casa de Misericordia
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