The second anniversary of Hurricane María virtually destroying the island-colony of Puerto Rico is this Friday, September 20, and this week one group, Defend PR, has announced a new documentary project that has been chronicling the work and resiliency of young people in the town of Comerío as they try to rebuild.
Titled “We Still Here/Aquí estamos,” the project highlights the “story of a group of young people in Puerto Rico realizing their power” to transform their community, according to a Wednesday release from Defend Puerto Rico.
Defend Puerto Rico defines itself as “a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance.”
“We use interactive, multi-platform storytelling approaches to amplify the voices of everyday people working to build a new Borikén, where its land, people, and culture flourish,” the organization’s mission statement reads. “We aim to share the remarkable resilience and creativity of the Puerto Rican people as they navigate the current economic and fiscal crisis by using a collaborative approach to storytelling and the dissemination of personal and community narratives. Defend Puerto Rico shares stories of resistance and renewal in all areas of Puerto Rican society and cultural life, highlighting everything from agriculture and cultural production, to grassroots political mobilization and the development of global solidarity networks.”