Building a Community of Trust

Barrio de Paz is the story of Nelsa Libertad Curbelo, a nun, who works with the gang youth of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The 17-minute documentary focuses on her explanations for the rise of gangs and for how gang culture reflects societal values.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video frequently for those who do not understand Spanish and must read the subtitles
  • Have groups investigate Curbelo's charge that banks bankrupted the country
  • Use the film as a professional development opportunity for educators who work with gangs or in communities where gangs are prevalent
Classroom Considerations

  • A link to the video is provided in the Included Materials section of this review
  • Subtitles are provided for the Spanish language video

  • The five-page packet includes background on Nelsa, her commitment to working with the youth of Guayaquil, discussion questions, and writing prompts
  • Film asks viewers to connect the moral codes depicted with those in their community

  • Nelso speaks rapidly and is difficult to follow for non-Spanish speakers