Cecil Esquivel-Obregón has facilitated Participatory Film Workshops at the Summer Enrichment Program in Chungba and Chengdu. He is currently a Core Member of the Kham Film Project and Project Director at Obregon Editions.
“I believe the extraordinary power of the SEP is that its manifold effects extend far beyond the enormous direct benefit for the students. SEP not only touches all facets of the students’ lives when they go back to their families, communities, and society at large and as they mature later in life; but the program also catalyzes deep change in the volunteers, teachers, translators and organizers. I have seen with my own eyes, and experienced myself the radical change, opening of horizons, sense of accomplishment, and empowerment to achieve higher aspirations derived by the teachers and volunteers. Thus in a “virtuous circle”, they are of even greater benefit to students, and take this experience back to our jobs, communities, schools and students, literally all over the world. The joy of teaching, learning, discovery and surmounting challenges is contagious and exponential, especially when combined with loving, energetic, appropriate motivation and methods, and SEP is an example of all this in spades.”