Group of young boys holding hoops and sticks from our travels to Chiapas, Mexico to work with Cielo.

Nestled in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas is a small village called Tenejapas. This quaint village is home to only 40,000 people; one of them is an indigenous Mayan woman named Cielo Gomez. Recently, two of our team members, Tim Moore and Alvin Renz, traveled to Tenejapas to capture her story. As it turns out during that trip, we witnessed Cielo reunite with some of her family that she hadn’t seen in over 20 years. 

When we first met Cielo, she lived just a few blocks from our studio in Tampa and was pursuing her degree in political science at USF. Today, she is a volunteer at the Mexican Consulate working as a translator to help people of her native language of Tzeltal. She’s been pursuing her degree in political science for over 7 years at USF, but because of her status, she pays out of state tuition and can only afford to take one class each semester. She plans to graduate in a few years with the hopes of one day returning to her homeland and becoming the first female governor of Chiapas. By telling her story, we hope to bring awareness to the less visible consequences of development in a flourishing city, and what the American Dream means to immigrants and low-income families, thus supporting our commitment to using video as a force for good.

Stay tuned to learn more of Cielo’s story.