Oct 29, 2013

Imagine never having met your grandparents Imagine helping a child meet his


Dear Friend:

Alejandro Lopez, a 10 year-old boy who loves writing and math, boarded a bus at midnight on July 1st. in Worthington, MN, bound for the Omaha International Airport. Thus began a 3,000 miles trip that would transform his life and that of many people around him. Two days, two planes, and three bus rides later, Alejandro arrived in San Marcos, Guatemala, and was greeted by his grandparents, who until then he had never met.

I invite you to join me in telling Alejandro’s story, which is part of my new documentary, Abuelos y Nietos Juntos: Two Generations Together; a film  about the transformational journey of a group of US citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala, to visit their parents homeland and to meet their grandparents, for the first time.  My crew and I filmed the families in Minnesota and Guatemala and we were able to documented this entire emotional pilgrimage. We are now hard at work editing the documentary and we need your help to finish it and share it with the world. 


In order to complete the film I have started a Kickstarter campaign. (Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. Since its launch in 2009, 4.9 million people have pledged $807 million, funding 49,000 creative projects.)  We’re looking to raise $38,000 (or more) by November 13th. The way Kickstarter works is that we will not receive a penny (and your credit card will not be charged) unless we meet our goal by the deadline. 


Please take a minute to watch our Kickstarter video by clicking here and consider making a donation. You will have my sincere gratitude and you will also receive unique rewards at every level of support.


I believe that this inspirational story will engage audiences, promote dialogue about the crucial issue of family unification, and inspire others to replicate the initiative of bringing grandchildren and grandparents together - building bridges across cultures and across generations.


In addition to pledging, you can also help us by spreading the word. Please, tell your friends and family about this project through conversations, Facebook, Twitter blogs, and other social media. We are relying on our social networks – and yours – to get the word out there. If you have any questions or ideas about people we should contact, please feel free to email me at luisarguetaa@gmail.com.


Thank you for being part of a project that I know will have a lasting effect on its viewers. It already has on everyone who has been part of it so far. 


Luis Argueta

Sí se puede, with a lot of help from our friends.



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