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“The need to know [for historians] has often gone beyond the intellectual passion of committed academics to include a sense of commitment as citizens who are not only students of history, but also active and responsible historical subjects who may be motivated by something broader than ourselves: a community, an institution, a movement, a place.”

—Alesandro Portelli from “Tryin’ to Gather a Little Knowledge: Some Thoughts on the Ethics of Oral History”

Children of the Diaspora: For Peace and Democracy (2013)

[Dir./Pro. Jennifer Cárcamo]

“Children of the Diaspora” is a documentary about the historical and ideological origins of USEU, la Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios, in the United States. Set in 2009, this film begins by documenting USEU’s first delegation to El Salvador. It follows the journey of a generation of students who go against their parents wishes and travel across El Salvador during a heightened political climate on a quest to unearth a brutal history of war, repression, military dictatorships, and revolutionary activity only to discover that the war for peace and democracy is far from over–the stakes are high as the students observe the political propaganda and polarized community, and ask: What does this all mean? What is my role in the Salvadoran community?
childrenofthediaspora.com

Dir./Prod. Jennifer A. Carcamo

This documentary is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
Sponsored by Syracuse University and the Centro de la Memoria Histórica Salvadoreña (CEMHIS).
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“Hijos de la Diáspora” es un documental sobre los orígenes históricos e ideológicos de USEU, la Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios, en los Estados Unidos. Situado en 2009, este documental comienza con la primera delegación de USEU a El Salvador. Se sigue el viaje de toda una generación de estudiantes que van en contra de los deseos de sus padres y recorren todo El Salvador durante un clima político mayor en una búsqueda para descubrir una historia brutal de guerra, represión, dictaduras militares, y actividad revolucionaria sólo para descubrir que la guerra por la paz y la democracia está lejos de terminar–hay mucho en juego cuando los estudiantes observan la propaganda política y la comunidad polarizada, y se preguntan: ¿Qué significa todo esto? ¿Cuál es mi rol en la comunidad salvadoreña?
childrenofthediaspora.com

Dir. / Prod. Jennifer A. Carcamo

Este documental es sólo para fines educativos.
Patrocinado por la Universidad de Syracuse y el Centro de la Memoria Histórica Salvadoreña (CEMHIS).