January this year I interviewed several citizen journalists from the HiperBarrio project in La Loma, a small hillside community on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia. The footage was to be used in a larger internet documentary about how the project is changing the community, which today still balances on an uncomfortable precipice between its violent past and optimistic future. Sadly, the administrative tasks of Rising Voices have taken up all my time and the interviews have been sitting on my hard drive for months now. I hope that the documentary will still be produced, but in the meantime, I will publish a series of 90 second shorts featuring each of the HiperBarrio participants.
Today's video features Carmen Paniagua, the lyrical poet and songwriter of the group. Carmen is incredibly shy, especially behind the lens of a camera, but her eyes and ears are always observing, keen observations about herself and her community which make their way into each of her poems and posted published frequently on h /em>. Carmen is also one of the authors of Nunca Será Suficiente, a group blog novel.
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