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Life and Production in La Rinconada, Peru

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La Rinconada Perú is the harshest place we´ve visited for 10x10. Right now, director Richard Robbins and field producer Gina Nemirofsky are there to film a story based on the life of a remarkable fifteen year old poet named Sina. Sina lives here in La Rinconada. The town sits at the base of an eighteen thousand foot mountain peak high in the Andes. When the global economy crashed in 2008 thousands of Peruvians migrated here in search of gold. About 50,000 people live on the peak and another 40,000 pack inside buses that navigate the single lane highway everyday. The idea of a child growing up here is unthinkable. It´s more of a hell than a place to call home. Miners die young, families are broken, domestic violence is the norm. There is no clean water, sewer system or even police to fight the violent crime. One resident told us that there were more girls held captive by sex traffickers than were enrolled in the local public high school. From what we could tell, the children of La Rinconada don´t benefit from the mountain´s riches. One girl sat across from us, embarrassed to speak because she was missing all her teeth. Another described how they drink ´moonshine´ before heading to the steep hill sides where they pick through rocks discarded by the mines hoping to go home with a few specks of gold. By some miracle, in the midst of this grip and dispair we discovered Sina. Her father was killed in a mining accident three years ago but before his death, he managed to instill within her the importance of education. “I will be triumphant”, she told us. I will make it off this mountain one way or another.

Video Details

Team: Girl Rising
Duration: 2 minutes and 19 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Martha Adams, Tom Yellin, Richard Robbins
Director: Richard E. Robbins
Views: 102
Posted by: girlrising on Jan 30, 2014

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The 10x10 film team is in production in La Rinconada, Peru, considered by some to be the highest city in the world. It's also one of the harshest, most lawless, desolate places on earth. Senior Producer Martha Adams walks us down the muddy roads of La Rinconada, a challenging place to film if there ever was one.

Photos by Gina Nemirofsky, 10x10.

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