Marco Polo documentary
We are three young women who apply funding to complete a documentary film about a Peruvian surfer Marco Polo. Marco lives in a small fisher village called Lobitos (in the Northern Peru) that is an internationally known surf spot. What the visitors often fail to see is how the local villagers lack drinkable water, how oil drilling and the climate change affect the fishing and how corruption casts its shadow on local politics.
We’re three young Finnish women raising funds to complete our surf documentary on Marco Polo, Peruvian surfer and fisherman from a small village of Lobitos. We have loads of good material that is just waiting to be turned into a documentary film for both domestic and foreign markets!
The main character of our film is the 29-year-old surfer, whose life seems to be as colourful as the life of the famous explorer, after whom our guy was once named. In Lobitos, the village situated on the coast of Northern Peru, there’s hardly anyone who wouldn’t know Marco Polo, or Bokita like his friends call him (the nickname refers to his big smiling mouth, mouth in Spanish is ‘boca’).
Bokita is known for surfing fearlessly without survival instinct of any kind, challenging even the professionals in their own game. This man is nevertheless a humble villager who, unlike the self-conscious trendy surfers listening to reggae, puts on a CD of cumbia, Peruvian village music dealing with heartaches. He is the representative of uniqueness, losses and unpredictability of life, a combination that can be used to describe the history of Lobitos too.
The village is a world-known surf spot whose waves attract people from pro-surfers to tourists to visit Lobitos. Yet only few visitors realize what kinds of issues the villagers are dealing with; there’s lack of drinkable water, oil drilling and climate change have serious effects on the fishermen’s livelihood and corruption is a visible part of this small community. The purpose of our documentary is to show the many faces of Lobitos and contemplate on the role of the world famous trendy sport in this village’s life.
The idea for the documentary was born at the end of 2013 while Jelena and Aino were volunteering in Lobitos. Back then we got to know Marco Polo and experience the absurdity of everyday life in Lobitos. From the beginning the belief in the project was so strong that even the lack of external funding or a clear plan, did not stop us to go on. We decided to go and film the document at the end of the year 2014. The best part is that even the main character didn’t believe this to be true, not even the moment we saw him the next year.
Travel expenses and the filming gear were mainly self-funded with the exception of few donations we got from private persons and companies. We’re applying funding through the MESENAATTI.ME –crowd funding to cover the post-production expenses to be able to finish this project in a desired way and make possible the marketing and screening of the film outside Finland.
Libros a Lobitos
Libros A Lobitos is a grass-roots literacy project serving the small coastal community of Lobitos, Peru. It was founded by passionate educators who, after a year of teaching in the local school, realized that English education (while important) was blatantly a secondary concern when compared to more basic educational needs. A community-wide survey that revealed whisperings of illiteracy in Lobitos’ older generations contributed to the inspiration to establish a program that would not only promote literacy but also work to ignite a love of literature and aid in fostering a generation of young readers.
More about the project:
Official web site: http://librosalobitos.com/
Facebook: Libros A Lobitos https://www.facebook.com/librosalobitos?fref=ts