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The Grounded Project endeavours to contribute to the profound understanding of the contradictions of socioecological wellbeing in the Global South. Through a transdisciplinary, participatory approach engaging academics, students and key stakeholders around community-relevant issues, the Grounded Project combines film creation with grounded research methodology to create and support knowledge mobilization related to public discourse about the systemic and structural forces that affect the socioecological wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods in Southern Costa Rica.

The Grounded Project documentary film series is produced and guided by academic leads of diverse disciplines at York University, who have taught in the Las Nubes Study Abroad program. Each episode includes local stakeholders and university partners, as well as York students.

Grounded Project Films

More than Migrants (2021) follows the lived experience of nine people striving to make a new life for themselves and their families in Costa Rica. The stories told in their own words reveal the strength and resilience needed to overcome challenges to build a new home with dignity and well-being. The documentary offers viewers a deeper understanding of the lives of migrants and the complex issues they face.

More than Migrants was directed by Felipe Montoya, with Mathieu Poirier as the academic lead. This documentary was made by the Las Nubes Project in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) and the Faculty of Health (FoH) at York University in collaboration with the Universidad T├ęcnica Nacional de Costa Rica and York Libraries and the financial support of EUC, FoH, York International and York Libraries.

Student Films