Show: Agents of Global Change

Episode: Y'abal

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Episode Description:

As certified Fair Trade producers, Y’abal Handicrafts is a Guatemalan-based center for artisan organization that supports indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives, providing them with local and international markets. The organization works to increase the opportunities and quality of life for women in the Western Highlands of Guatemala while preserving the traditional art of back-strap weaving. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary, Y’abal creates modern and stylish products that maintain centuries-old cultural symbols and weaving techniques.

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Producer: Emma Nitz
Director: Nicola Pilkington
Cinematographer: Grace Scamurra
Editor: Andrew Russel

This micro-documentary was produced on location in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon XA10. The making of this video was part of a one-day-shoot assignment; an exercise to prepare a crew who had never filmed together to be ready to create a the short documentary on a local changemaker.

Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.

We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at

Episode Short Description: Y’abal Handicrafts is a Guatemalan-based center for artisan organization that supports indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives.

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Date HD Episode Video Uploaded: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:57