Fighting for Peace, a documentary film directed by Valeria Herrador, aims to show the power of reconciliation in story telling. Intimate interviews with survivors of the war reveal that El Salvador was a place where many civilians did not associate themselves with either side of the battle. With survivors like Rufina Amaya Marquez (the sole survivor of the Massacre at El Mozote) passing away, Herrador’s is a crucial investigation of what really happened to the relatives of many Salvadorans during the civil war era and what it means today as a new generation emerges in the United States.
What We Need & What You Get
The project is being independently funded by the creators and is now at a crossroads with where it will go. We need money to travel to El Salvador and complete our research and interviews. There are three of us working on the project and we are doing all we can with our individual resources.
Your funding would:
- Allow us to buy a second camera to shoot with.
- Send us to El Salvador to complete shooting
In return, we want to:
- Give you merchandise
- Make you a part of the film by including you in the credits.
- Show you a completed film.
The aim of this project first and foremost is to try to bring the story of the Civil War to the mainstream in the United States. American schools do not include El Salvador's story in their history classes and that's understandable considering the sheer volume of history that exists, but I would like to make a feature film that could be shown in wide distrubution to audiences that would otherwise not be exposed to this kind of historical context.
The next step after exposure would be action. What these actions would be will be dictated by the success of this project.
Other Ways You Can Help
I understand if you can't donate money, these are hard times for a lot of people and prioritizing whose indiegogo or kickstarter you're going to donate to is really hard. Maybe you can still help. Do you know anyone from El Salvador that lived there during the civil war? Are you from El Salvador and want to perhaps share your story? Do you know how to screen print T-shirts? Everyone has something they can help with. Please do let us know if you think you have services or ideas that would help advance the project.