Sudden changes – might travel in 3 days…

I haven’t written for a while. Truth is, we were on holiday. To France. We were having top notch family time, frolicking in rivers, taking in pure mountain oxygen, eating the most amazing dishes, visiting castles… that kind of thing. Meanwhile and unknown to me, the story of my documentary took another dramatic turn. Probably the biggest to date.

Both the producer and the social worker in Nicaragua wrote to me explaining the state of affairs. It seems that Sujeylin’s return to the park hasn’t done her much good, that she’s back to using and selling drugs and might even be prostituting herself. The quality of care for Karla has diminished dramatically. My producer even suggested calling the country’s social services in order to take the baby from her.

That surely caused that final holiday buzz to disappear quickly. Back to work, Koen! I first checked on flights and made a preliminary reservation for this Sunday. Then I called Martha Clarissa, the producer in Nicaragua, and we spoke for about 15 minutes about the next few days. On Friday we will decide whether it is necessary for me to travel or not.

Why would I go? Because this is a major turn in the story. Other than police officers showing up, Juan Carlos disappearing, etc, this is a true change of where the storyline was going so far. Sujeylin was well on her way to convince herself of ways to leave the park. She had (has?) serious plans. So what happened? In order to cover this well, rather than a local guy doing a morning of shooting, it requires several days (10?) of observation taking into account the vision and objectives of the project. That’s where I come in 😉 .

So yeah, we do have a local backup cameraman in case of emergencies, but this feels both urgent and very important. I’m going to let it sink in, keep talking to my people on the other side of the Atlantic, and eventually decide the way I always have: by instinct. In my heart I am already packing my bags.

I feel like a ping-pong ball though. One day I’m visiting the caves where Roquefort cheese matures, or the Airbus A380 factory in Toulouse, the next my entire being is again completely focused on people forced to live in extreme poverty. It’s a strange emotional contrast.

One thought on “Sudden changes – might travel in 3 days…

  1. Querido Koen,

    hacía días que quería escribirte este e-mail, pero no había encontrado aún el momento de hacerlo. He estado leyendo tu blog y espero que finalmente el giro que dió la vida de la protagonista de tu documental, haya regresado a su punto original. Debe ser muy difícil trabajar en estas condiciones y vivir en primera persona el drama humano.
    Comentas que te robaron tu Ipod y que, aunque era un objecto casi sagrado para ti, le supiste dar su valor relativo. Creo que en la vida todos deberíamos hacer este ejercicio de manera habitual. Desprendernos de los objetos materiales que nos rodean y que nos aportan seguridad y bienestar. Al fin y al cabo sólo son objetos. Yo nunca he sido una mujer materialista, al contrario, no me cuesta nada desprenderme de lo material que me rodea.
    Me gustó mucho la reflexión que hiciste cuando te robaron tu Ipod, creo que yo hubiera actuado de la misma manera. __”Me he quedado sin Ipod, tal vez sea mejor así. Tal vez si él sea más consciente de lo que he venido a hacer a Nicaragua. Quizá sin la consciencia de los objetos materiales sea capaz de llegar a lo más hondo del alma humana. Seguro que llegaré a captar la esencia del alma y así se reflejará en mi documental” __ Ojalá lo hayas conseguido Koen. No sabes las ganas que tengo de ver tu trabajo.

    Espero que tengas un feliz viaje de regreso a casa. Ah! por cierto, y en cuanto a lo que comentas del contraste entre la fábrica de queso de Tolouse y la pobreza de Nicaragua, uno no debe sentirse culpable por tener la oportunidad que nosotros tenemos de viajar y vivir sin grandes estridencias pero sin necesidades. Hemos tenido suerte de haber nacido donde lo hicimos, eso es todo. Lo más importante es valorarlo y saberlo apreciar cada día, creo que sólo así seremos capaces de ser felices en Madrid, en Francia, en Holanda, en Nueva York y también en las calles de Nicaragua.

    Cuídate mucho Koen y hasta pronto


    PD: Besos y recuerdos a la família


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