“Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua” 12-23 July 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 March 2012 — Registration is open for the second “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” scheduled for 12-23 July 2012.

Bill Gentile accompanies participants to the Central American nation of Nicaragua for an immersion in the process of documentary filmmaking. Participants follow American volunteers working with the non-profit organization, “Bridges to Community,” in the region of Nindiri to learn the essence of documentary — using media to transform the world. Drawing on Gentile’s 30+ years of experience in the field, students acquire knowledge and skills that otherwise might take months or even years to attain.

The region of Nindiri is located between the capital city of Managua and the city of Masaya. While Nindiri town has preserved much of its colonial flare, many of the surrounding rural communities lack even basic infrastructure. Many of the people there are farmers. More recently, some have become workers in the “Free Trade Zone” textile factories. Neither alternative provides more than a very limited income, and the communities have few options to improve their own housing, education or healthcare. Bridges to Community started work in Nindiri in 2006.

Join Bill Gentile and learn to make powerful documentaries in Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes in the heart of Central America. For details, see

Pictured above, 2011 Expedition participant Martha Dodge on her way during a rainy drive to document U.S. volunteers building homes in Nicaragua. Watch the documentary she produced as a result of the Expedition, “A House for Teresa,” at