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Story Description
If you sit on a train for ten minutes and watch the people come and go, you’ll notice we are in a rush and have a deadline. This documentary of Kat’s summer study abroad trip to Argentina touches on that exact subject. She’s a control freak that has to have a controlled environment and this trip was my first taste of freedom from control. The story of a young woman who must plan, stay on a timeline and be precise.

About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Katherine Cruz

Kat is a Chicago native with Latina roots with love for creating content, bringing people together and starting a conversation through her work. She earned a bachelors degree in Communication and Media at Northeastern Illinois University and is continuing her education at Loyola University Chicago, in the Master of Communication: Digital Storytelling program.

In the crazy connected world we live in, some of us may feel more disconnected than ever. We must remember that behind the screen is a real person and if we’re willing to listen; everyone has a story. That’s what drives her in the digital storytelling realm.

Anyone who knows her, knows she talks about my mom all the time. Her mother is an amazing storyteller. She inspires her with her bigger-than-life animations and the wonder of her tales, which are only sometimes embellished. One day, she wishes to be as talented as she is. For now, she’ll continue to develop her storytelling skill across multiple platforms.