El Fortín (2011)
El Fortín visually represents Nicaraguan scavengers, many indigenous. They are enterprising workers, but their work is grueling and dangerous, and the product of war and economic hardship (this hardship, I argue, is an American export). The scars of war must be relatively permanent, even greater the scars of a civil war, the flames fanned by foreign interests.
El Fortín: Housing Project (2010 - 2011)
As an outcome of El Fortín, I was able to raise funds to roof roughly 70 homes in the neighborhood near the municipal dump called Tangera. The project should be seen as part of an exchange between the community itself and myself as filmmaker. The project was carried out in three phases, a first roofing and horse-cart project in 2010, a second roofing project in 2011, and a micro-credit project in 2013. Funds were provided by World Relief. These photos are from the first and second phases, two and three years on, and were taken as proof that the roofing and horse carts are still in use by their intended owners.
El Fortín: Microcredit Project (2013)
Doña Jesus, Doña Benita, Yadir - participants in microcredit project, 2013. Their business are making tortillas, selling fish, a pulpería (small store), and making tamales.