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Nicaraguas children - yearning for culture
40 min. Doku | AUT/NICARAGUA

The upper austrian filmmaker Carola Mair takes the audience to an exiting journey to Nicaragua – in the poorest country of middleamerica. Through the fights for its independence
the wounds of the land are still not healed. 66 % of the people have no work, 34 % are analphabets – there is almost no social network.

The film also confrontate with the situation of the poor people – specially the situation of the children – who has to go to work at the streets instead going to school.

It’s a way to survive but no way to get out of the circulation  of the poorness and to get a human living in future.

80 % of the Nicaraguan kids are living in poorness.

Help is coming from international NGOs and through own social engagement. Partnerships with cities from Europe like Linz, Wels , Salzburg and the development cooperation with the Austrian government tries to reduce this bad  situation in Nicaragua.

One station is Nicaraguas oldest and most wonderful town Granada, where the American Donna Tabor, works in social projects with children from the streets. In Granada there is also
“la casa de los 3 mundos” the house of the 3 worlds, one of the most important culture-institutions of Nicaragua – grounded from Dietmar Schönherr and Ernesto Cardenal.

The film tries to see the world through the eyes of the children and get so a better way of Understanding  of the peoples worldwide. Also to get a better  consciousness of a new culture of solidarity and to show the rich society of Europe the poorness in the south of the world.

Nicaragua  and his people was formed by revolutions, disasters, corruptions over the years. Since over 20 years Linz helps with different helping programs in the Nicaraguan partnertown San Carlos. The journey is leading the audience not only in this dirty town at the end of the Nicaragualake, although to the island Solentiname – where the poet and cultureminister Ernesto Cardenal was living before he became minister of culture of Nicaragua

Production notes

The film was made in february- march 2004 in Nicaragua. The shootings lasted one month.

The film is obtainable at the BIMEZ Linz, OÖ

Carola Mair - Produktion, Buch, Regie

Hermann Dunzendorfer - Hauptkamera

Klaus Krobath - Künstler

Markus Auer - 2. Kamera und Ton

Erika Michalke - Schnitt



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