Strained Lebanon

Directed, filmed, and edited by Yuribert Capetillo Hardy. 

He says of this film: "Growing up in the streets of Habana and now living in Europe, I didn’t had a lot of information about the middle east (except from what the mainstream media want you to see & read). This has been the biggest motivation for me to go to Beirut and find out about it myself. I found a country that’s driven by “Peaceful coexistence” a term that I’ve heard in Lebanon for the first time, and it fascinates me ever since."

GUATEMALA: Con Madre

Every Mother Counts, a maternal health care non-profit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere, presents CON MADRE. The short documentary film highlights the importance of midwifery care in one of the most dangerous countries in Central America to give birth, Guatemala. The film follows Erika and Dora María, students training to be the first university-level midwives (parteras) in the country, as they return to their hometowns in the rural, Indigenous communities of Guatemala. Once there, Erika and Dora María continue their education under the mentorship of traditional midwives, comadronas. Erika and Dora María work with the comadronas to continue their culture’s traditional practices of birth and natural medicine, while also incorporating the new skills and training from school and health centers. Both women share their own personal stories of empowerment and dedication to helping women and families in their communities. Erika, who is pregnant, also plans a home birth under the guidance of her comadrona, Azucena, a powerful leader in her community, and with the help of her fellow midwives at school, including Dora María. For more information, visit everymothercounts.org.

Biking through a Guatemalan Jungle Preserve

Winding through the lush rainforests below Guatemala’s Volcan de Agua is a growing mecca for mountain biking. Known as El Zur, the 2,500-acre private nature reserve was created to protect the land. Turns out, the best way to protect the land sustainably is to offer a variety of outdoor activities. Join guide José Pablo Jelkmann Mendia as he takes us through this pristine paradise on bike, replete with lush trails, suspension bridges and dreamlike waterfalls. It's truly a site to behold.

The Band Bringing Venezuela’s Best Dance Party to the World

El Clavo is a small village in Venezuela with a proud musical heritage. There, Afro-Venezuelans—many of whom are descendants of slaves brought from Africa—continue a cultural tradition known as “parranda.” Part community jam session, part dance party, parranda is a festive performance that involves rhythmic percussion and singing. El Clavo’s lead vocalist Betsayda Machado is a renowned singer throughout Venezuela. She and her band have been given the opportunity to bring their traditional dance music on tour to North America and Europe. We caught up with them in New York City to get lost in the endless rhythms of parranda.

MEXICO: Turning Gas Guzzlers Into Clean Cars

In Mexico City, more than 3.5 million cars navigate the streets, plazas and avenues of North America’s most populous urban area. That makes for a ton of exhaust, but luckily, there’s a solution to this environmental problem. Enter engineer/auto mechanic Alvaro de la Paz and computer scientist Hector Ruiz. Together, they’re transforming old gasoline-fueled automobiles into electric cars. Over the past decade, the pair has converted more than two dozen vehicles into zero-emissions automobiles. While that may seem like a small dent in an enormous cloud of exhaust, the pair hopes that their project will inspire younger generations to work for a brighter, cleaner future.

Moscow Moves

Filmmaker Alex Soloviev tried to avoid favourite tourist clichés (though not without some), catching with camera what is usually missing in the regular timelapse videos - the true rhythm and the flow of the city. It is impossible to do it in just 2 minutes, it's just a little piece of what you can see there. Alex says "Moscow is an unusual city, it's really huge and has different shapes. The city with so many stereotypes that are often spoken about it. The city that is easy to overestimate and underestimate at the same time. "

Fighting to Keep Mexico’s Floating Farms Alive

Before the Aztecs, early Mesoamericans built floating farms that provided fertile land for crops near modern-day Mexico City. In fact, these farms, or “chinampas” still have some of the country’s most fertile land. But because they are costly to maintain, some local farmers are abandoning the chinampas for better-paying work in the city. That’s where Lucio Usobiaga comes in. He’s the co-founder of Yolcan—a nonprofit aimed at preserving the chinampas. By connecting farmers with more than 50 chefs across the country, Yolcan is not only helping preserve the history of the chinampas, he’s helping give Mexico’s chic restaurants its choicest ingredients, as well.

INDIA: In Her Shoes

Rani is a 17-year-old in Mumbai. Like most girls her age, she likes Instagram, boys and good food. But Rani is also the daughter of a sex worker, and she grew up hearing, “a whore’s daughter can only be a whore.” Follow filmmakers Doree Simon and Caz Tanner Film as they explore women’s empowerment efforts around the world in a new original series, In Her Shoes. Episode one features a-day-in-the-life of Rani — who is transcending her circumstances and helping her community along the way.

MEXICO: Día de los Muertos

Since filmmaker Kevin Clerc was a kid, it always been his dream to see "El dia de los Muertos" in Mexico. So last October him and a friend traveled there to witness this special day. They spent 3 weeks travelling around Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Campeche states. Clerc made this video to show how this country has its own culture and its own history that you will find nowhere else in the world. He says that "El dia de los Muertos" is an event everybody should see once in their life as it really represents the Mexican soul.

MOVE

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....

= a trip of a lifetime.

Move, eat, learn.

Hiking the "Deadly" Kalalau Trail

Ryan J. Harris and his travel mates attempt to hike up the dangerous Kalalau Trail in Hawaii in pursuit of the best pizza in the world. Usually you just pick up the phone and call Dominos but sometimes to get a good slice you got to put in work. They hiked the Kalalau Trail in search of a mystical pizza maker they had gotten word of.