Show: Agents of Global Change

Episode: Breaking The Cycle

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Episode Description:

''Breaking the Cycle'' tells the story of Luciana Perez Lopez, a courageous Mayan woman living in San Martín Chiquito, Guatemala who is a single mother of seven and a leader in her community.

Through the narrative of Luci's life, the film examines the concept of ''machismo,'' the male mentality of superiority over women, as an ingrained part of the Mayan culture, as well as the work of an organization called Xela AID, which seeks to aid the community of San Martín Chiquito through a multitude of educational opportunities for men, women, and children in the area. Xela AID not only helped Luciana escape a vicious cycle but also helped her become a leader and help women who are in the same situation she was once in succeed.

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Producer: Livvy Runyon
Director: Aria Zapata
Cinematographer: Kim Mniece
Editor: Mack Vargas

This short documentary was produced on location in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon XA10.

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.

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Episode Short Description: Through Luci's life, this film examines the concept of ''machismo,'' the male mentality of superiority over women, as an ingrained part of Maya culture.

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Date HD Episode Video Uploaded: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:50