Cara al Norte (face toward the north) is a digital storytelling project that aims to balance the power discrepancy of knowledge creation in the journalism covering of the “Migrant Caravan.” If I can get funding for this I will travel with the "Migrant Caravan" and act as a mediator through which people who are part of it will be able to tell their own stories first hand in 3-8 minute videos. I will follow a format similar to Humanizando la Deportacion, a community archive created through the Mellon Initiative at UC Davis, in which I collaborated this past October. Through this project I will propose to diverse people migrating from Honduras or other Central and South American nations to use my skills, camera, and software collaboratively so they can create their own digital narratives of whatever they would like to share with the world. I will attempt to finish 3-5+ narratives by visiting the sites where the traveling migrants are and walk with them in their journey while working with them on their narratives for up to two weeks.The digital stories will be posted in a mini-archive website, shared through social media, and presented at diverse free galleries and cultural institutions in Mexico and the United States. The digital stories will be owned by the narrators and they will have full autonomy and how they are created, presented, and even removed from the archive at any time.The narratives can also be completely anonymous by including the option to omit the narrator’s real names, faces, and even altering their voice. I will try to offer the opportunity for collaborating in a digital story to women and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are migrating first, and then move on to men in an attempt to also give access to visibility to those with less power first.
The "Migrant Caravan" is a group of thousands of Central and South-Americans mostly from Honduras and Guatemala, traveling north to seek asylum in the United States. They are currently 1,200 miles away from the U.S./Mexico border according to Market Watch and they are covering about 20 or 30 miles per day. It will take them 40-80 days to reach the border depending on weather conditions, political issues and alterations, etc. This project can be completed at any time between the next 1-4 months due to being able to reach the migrants even if and when they reach the United States.