Who is Maria Andre’ and what is The Periplo Project?

Check out the facts and thoughts behind this independent environmental project ran by a couple of young passionate creative minds.

Periplo Project

Now a days it is far from hard not to experience a genuine sense of disagreement with many of the aspects related to the modern society in which we live; and for many, this feeling is usually emphasized when looking at the serious circumstances surrounding our natural world and environment. The team behind Periplo Project is one seeking to turn this feeling of displacement and disagreement into one of empowerment and constructiveness. These individuals are part of a new generation that is simply fed up with witnessing the same old problems making their way again and again. A generation that is now flourishing next to values that many thought were long forgotten; the same values that will eventually uncover the path for humanity to live, once again, in harmony with nature.

Q & A

What is this documentary project all about?

Periplo Project was initially born as an idea for making a documentary about climate change in Central America; an area of the world that is most of the times overlooked when it comes to the subject despite four of its seven countries being ranked amongst the top 20 in the Global Climate Risk Index, with Honduras ranked as number one. However, as we started undertaking the project we shortly realized that many of the stories deserved to be told entirely and that the complexity of the situation went beyond what we had imagined.

Now, plans for Periplo Project have grown into envisioning a series of short and long feature documentary films revolving around the topic of climate change in Central America; focusing on the most pressing issues, but most importantly on those individuals that are presenting solutions and triggering positive change. Our aim is to start or resurrect proactive discussions around the stories we communicate in order to encourage people to act.

Why did you decide to undertake this documentary project?

Our team’s motivation came from a personal inner feeling of responsibility. It is inconceivable for us to look at the methodical massive destruction that is going on out there without trying to counteract it in the most basic of ways; which is by means of communicating the reality of what’s happening.

Perhaps it is the fact that we belong to a younger generation which grew up within a colossal flow of information, that allowed us to become more conscious of not only the many global problems, but also of how each and every single one of our actions affects the world around us; either negatively or positively. We simply feel the need of being of service to nature, wildlife and our fellow human beings.

Who is involved in the making of this documentary?

At the moment we are a small-scale crew of two or three (depending on how you look at it) that juggle with the intricacies and adventures involved with making Periplo Project unfold and develop: Renee, a rising talent photographer and writer; Berqui, our loyal and bold dog companion and I.

This is a 100% independent project backed by no one but ourselves; which is immensely rewarding in the sense of having the complete liberty of finding and documenting the truth. We hope that in the future we get the opportunity of partnering with people who share our same principles and goals.

When will you start and when will the documentaries be ready to watch?

Right now we are finishing with the pre-production part of the project and will begin shooting our first story during the first week of September; which is already in three weeks’ time. The first of Periplo’s documentaries will deal with the present environmental situation of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. We forecast the shooting period to last around three months; but unlike a fiction film documentaries are tied to unexpected circumstances that may shorten or extend production time.
More or less however, we expect to have this first feature documentary fully ready in a period of five months.

Periplo Project’s social media pages will be up and running again once production begins, so you will always be able to get updates through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

You guys are doing something to help dealing with the environmental problems our world and society face today; what would you say people can do to help?

Positive action can come in many ways. I firmly believe that the only necessary thing you need to do before knowing how you can be of service to the world is to get to know yourself truly. When you know what your deepest dreams are and what your purpose in this world is, then your actions will out spill extraordinary benefits to everything and everyone around you.

The environmental challenges faced by our society and world now a days require of a unified action in many senses. We don’t only need scientists; we need architects, industrial designers, farmers, lawyers, gardeners, economists, even athletes or artists and the complete list would probably be endless. We can all chip in in whatever way we can and every single effort will always count. At the same time we also need to understand that even if just a reduced portion of society devotes most of their time to solving environmental issues, this will be enough to make a noteworthy transformation.

After all, as Noam Chomsky quotes his friend Howard Zinn in the documentary Requiem for an American Dream “what matters is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history… they are the ones who’ve done things in the past, they are the ones who will have to do it in the future”.


Takeaway #1: Many people have been invaded by a feeling of disagreement and often displacement when it comes to how current society is functioning; and this often includes the many exploitative actions that are being systematically carried out towards nature and our environment. Periplo Project sees effective communication as a way of turning this sense of disagreement and displacement into empowerment and constructiveness.

Takeaway #2: United action is required to solve present environmental issues. Whether you are a doctor, an artist, a teacher or a publisher; you can always contribute in your own special way.

Takeaway #3: “What matter is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history… they are the ones who’ve done things in the past; they are the ones who will have to do it in the future.” – Howard Zinn

So how will you generate positive change for the world today?