Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  28 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Islas Hermanas

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Ometepe, Nicaragua, and Bainbridge Island near Seattle work together for a better life for both communities.

Islas Hermanas

Filmed on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, and Bainbridge Island near Seattle, ISLAS HERMANAS ('Sister Islands') celebrates a 13 year relationship between people on the two islands. Shade grown organic coffee, produced on Ometepe, is imported to the U.S., and profits are returned to Nicaragua to fund clean water and school building projects.

Each year Ometepe families welcome Bainbridge High students into their homes for two weeks. An enterprising third grade class on Bainbridge creates and sells calendars to support community projects on their sister island.

In an era of many negative impacts of globalization, this program, filled with inviting Nicaraguan music by the Mejia Godoys, conveys a positive story of international friendship.

'An inspirational story of two foreign lands providing services for the other, exchanging cultures, and building friendships...Through the personal experiences of each of the island inhabitants, a great sense of enthusiasm and gratitude shines brightly...Recommended for high schools and undergraduate classes in the fields of Central American Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Spanish, Community, and Geography.' Kim Davies, Milne Library, SUNY College at Geneseo, MC Journal

'If we are to create sustainable futures for our children it will be by creating dialogue through cooperation with others...This is beautifully illustrated in Islas Hermanas.' Danny O'Keefe, The Songbird Foundation

'This informative video powerfully conveys the extraordinary success of one Washington community's effort to make a global impact through responsible buying.' Paul Rice, Executive Director, TransFair USA

'Extremely upbeat, filled with images of tropical scenery and animals, children playing, and festive music...(G)ives a brief but heartfelt description of an inspiring relationship between two completely foreign and unrelated cultures tied together by nothing but the common bonds of humanity and the fact that they are both surrounded by water.' The Nicaragua Monitor

'Islas Hermanas helps students in the United States make a link to those living in a small country like Nicaragua. The program shows that international relationships can be established based on respect and that young people in the United States can make a difference in the lives of those around the world.' Matias Valenzuela, Spanish instructor, University of Washington


CINE Golden Eagle
Northwest Film and Video Festival
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema
Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Big Muddy Film and Video Festival
Equinox Environmental Film Festival
Olympia Environmental Film Festival


Main credits

Young, Melissa (film producer)
Young, Melissa (screenwriter)
Young, Melissa (film director)
Young, Melissa (editor of moving image work)
Dworking, Mark (screenwriter)
Dworking, Mark (film director)
Dworking, Mark (videographer)
Dworking, Mark (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Videography, Mark Dworkin, Freddy Lanuza; editing, Mark Dworkin; Melissa Young.

Distributor credits

Moving Images

Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Moving Images
Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Music by the Mejia Godoys

Docuseek2 subjects

The Northwest
International Relations and Geopolitics
American Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Conflict Resolution
Multicultural Studies
Clean Water

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Central America/The Caribbean
Conflict Resolution
International Studies
Multicultural Studies
Urban Studies


Ometepe, Bainbridge, Seattle, shade grown coffee, globalization; "Islas Hermanas"; Bullfrog Films

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