Local filmmaker Teresa Savel in collaboration with Upper Valley Waldorf
School (http://www.uvws.org) will host a film screening you won’t want to miss!
Ms. Savel’s locally produced documentary film, ‘Palomita’/Little Dove (www.palomitamovie.com) will make a stop at Upper Valley on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30pm as part of Palomita’s Northeast Film Tour.
The film takes us from Southern Vermont and journeys to a village in Q’ewar, Peru, where the doll Palomita is one of hundreds handmade at the social and economic initiative, the Q’ewar Project. The film is a 54 minute documentary jewel with vibrant cinematography and original Peruvian music. The Q’ewar Project identifies the most at-risk and marginalized women, offers them training for jobs making heirloom quality, natural-fiber, multi-ethnic dolls and helps build community. Palomita introduces us to four courageous workers from the Q’ewar Project who share with us a glimpse into their heroic lives. The income earned by these women crafters brings them closer to economic independence and helps the Project’s goal of constructing an elementary school. The film makes it clear, that even more important than the money that is being earned, the Q’ewar Project supports these women’s ability to regain dignity for themselves and their families.
Vermont’s connection with this doll making initiative goes back over 15 years. Margret Daniel, who runs the nonprofit shop Lukana’s Dream, in Bethel, with her daughter, Madelaine Wigglesworth brought the first 10 dolls to Vermont before the Q’ewar Project was officially established. Now the Q’ewar Project is recognized for its exquisite dolls internationally.
Palomita has been described as a “…beautiful portrayal of how belonging and creativity can re-ignite the human heart in spite of trauma and hopelessness…theses dolls bring our worlds together, celebrating the resilience of the human heart,” and “…a fascinating study of social change and women’s empowerment…”
Mark your calendars for this inspirational and life-affirming event.
The subject content may be sensitive for younger viewers, so parental discretion is advised for children under the age of 12. The movie is partially subtitled.
There will be Q’ewar doll available at the screening. Proceeds from the event benefit the Q’ewar Project in Peru.