After living in New York City for 20 years, Nelida Silva (the title character from Soy Andina) returns again to her Peru birthplace — this time with a dream of helping rural women start businesses to strengthen their lives. That’s a daunting challenge in the Andes, where many women are marginalized. But few things deter Nelida, and she succeeds in organizing cooperatives around skills like weaving and quinoa. Then the unexpected happens — she’s invited to run for mayor by a new political party. Fed up with the region's decline and corruption, she accepts the challenge. Can she become the first woman to win, running on a platform of sustainable development and anti-corruption?


THE FILMMAKER:

Mitch Teplitsky (Director/Producer) is documentary filmmaker and communications consultant As a filmmaker, he’s best known as the director of two documentaries about Peru: his first film Soy Andina (2008), and Return to the Andes. In between the Andina films, he produced New American Girls, a web series about undocumented immigrants for Latino Public Broadcasting, and worked in Peru as a Fulbright Specialist. Mitch also has an extensive background in non-profit communications. Before producing, he was marketing director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. More recently, he worked as PR Director for The Language Conservancy, which works to revitalize endangered languages.