David and Naomi Darg spent a week filming Guatemalan artisans.
Documentarian David Darg, whose film Body Team 12 was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary (Short Subject) category, spent last week filming with his wife Naomi in Guatemalan Artisans for an upcoming documentary they are producing.
There was no film crew, just David asking Naomi repeatedly as he filmed, “Can you do this shot or not?”
While he can be a little brusque at times, David clearly enjoys telling stories.
The documentary was created for virtual reality.
Set up this little camera and then go hide around the corner while the artisans go about their business.
They first stopped in Guatemala City and filmed. https://www.facebook.com/EcoArteJunkabal/. This incredible group of women upcycles pull tabs into purses, water bottle holders, trivets, handbags, and other works of art.
Naomi bought a number of these items to sell in her shop in the United States.
One day of filming the markets, shops, and street merchants of Antigua provided the architectural backdrop to showcase the colors of Guatemala against the Colonial beauty.
We covered a lot of ground over the next four days, visiting Lake Atitlan, the Chichicastenango market, and finishing in Chipatá, a small village outside of Tecpan.
David desired something he believed would be simple to locate.
A remote village with adobe homes, a weaving family, and Mayan ceramics.
After the women in Chipatá became comfortable with the invasion of technology, they became completely engaged.
In Chichicastenango, as in Chipatá, flying a drone over adobe houses piqued people’s interest.
We learned a lot from this group of ladies.
The introduction of virtual reality to these talented women was a million-dollar moment for me.
A weaver’s head is fitted with a virtual reality headset, transporting her to another dimension or space. Without hesitation, all of the women took a turn, visiting San Francisco in the virtual world.
Naomi ended the final segment of filming in Guatemala by saying, “We’re off to Honduras to find more incredible Artisans.”
Naomi and David purchased products from every Artisan they met; no battering or requests for discounts. We will now shift back to Naomi’s little shop in the USA. This shop is a collection of Artisan products from places in the world where David and Naomi visited and spent time with the artists.
The work they do is completely transparent in terms of how they give back.
They are not non-governmental organizations; they are global citizens.
Not just in words, but also in deeds.
The link below will take you to Naomi’s website, where you can learn more about her work.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to spend time with you both.
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We have a wide range of products that help people in need and projects all over the world.
We cordially invite you to visit us for a pleasurable and guilt-free shopping experience.
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