A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  
Alexandra M Sanchez  
Bachelor of Science  
University of Florida, 2014  

To be approved by:  
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Chad Heartwood  
Erin Siegal- McIntyre  
Kathleen Flynn

Spring April 2023  
University of North Carolina  
Chapel Hill, North Carolina  

This proposal examines the historical role of Western influence starting with Spanish, British and American colonization and its role in Nicaragua throughout the years of establishing itself as a country. This proposal goes through Nicaraguan history leading up to the Sandinista Revolution which forced my mother and aunt to leave the country and eventually make their way to the United States.  
This project focuses on these examples of forced migration that inevitably led to the story of my birth in the United States. Through the storytelling of those who experienced the journey, a mixture of archival materials and animation, a film will tell the story of the perils of making it to a new country. The style of the film will be journalistic with narration by me, guiding the viewer along through the history and journey. It will be a journey of self-discovery of my own understanding of the historical significance of the time period that led up to the eventual migration of my family. As well as learning the differences between my upbringing and theirs and why their views about the revolution have differed from mine in the past.  


I want to thank my mother, Piedad Jimenez Callero Sanchez and
 my aunt Dina Jesus Jimenez Callero Jacks
for making the journey to the United States to provide me the opportunity to  
gain a higher education.  

Alex Mousan

Alex Mousan is a documentary travel photographer. Her ability to engage with people from all around the globe makes her work unique and intimate. She is interested in covering conflict, culture and social change.
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