Rain Harvests

Filmmaker Q&A with Director Nícolas Durán

Is there a particular documentary film or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

Don Rey owner of La Montaña Mágica


What motivated you to make this impact video?

I wanted to be close to these families and learn about their history. I was touched by the strength of women and children and this documentary is my way for say thanks. I want people to know the great things we can do for others.


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your film to help tell your story. 

Ask as if I were a curious child, literally. I didn’t want to be seen as an expert, but as someone who came to learn.


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

Too much. I had to drop and go back many times. I wanted an honest story, but not a boring one, so I had to do a good editing job. Cut and cut and cut but without losing the essence. The documentary result was much better, I loved the process.


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this impact video. 

The most rewarding thing is being able to tell people what is happening with the water issue around the world. Giving a voice to those who need solutions.


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

Do not stop. They may not be the world’s biggest ticket-selling movies, but we’re helping to fix the world. We are like a voice amplifier, maybe someone will listen and join us.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Editing is the most difficult part, but it is also the most relevant. A good documentary is made in this part.


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why? 

My phone, to quickly take notes, photos, and record audio.


Please provide a brief description of the work or organization featured in your video:

Philos Project is a nonprofit organization and community who promotes social projects across the world.


What have you learned about the value and impact of the project?

Access to water is a fundamental right.


Please share a personal story about your experience making this film.

The first day of shooting we prepared food for the community and had a family celebration day. Cooking together brought us closer.


What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

Confront them with reality and move them to action.


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

Access to water / Urgent government investment / Crowdfunding


Please provide information on any recent developments regarding the issue or subjects of the film. How have things changed or not changed?

The women have been spending more time at home with their families and other organizations have continued to donate to this community.


What opportunities are available for those interested in getting further involved?

Donations / Field work / Journalistic Coverage


Please provide any additional resources (websites, links to additional videos, forms, articles, etc.):




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