Episode #01: Why are we making this film?

Welcome to the first episode of the Inside the Journey podcast. John and I are so very excited to be sharing this with you today.

Since the completion of our Kickstarter project in the fall of 2010 we have been working hard to bring our vision to life. It has been a long road but we are getting ready to release the film this fall.

As part of this effort, John and I decided that we would launch a podcast to keep everyone up to date with what is going on. So much has happened with the project already but we don’t always get to share it. We have done our best to keep everyone updated via Kickstarter and Facebook but we both felt we could do better.

About the podcast

Our goal is to give you a look at what is going on behind the scenes with the film and to explore the very complicated topic of the war in El Salvador. Besides talking about the film we want to bring you interviews with people who lived through and were effected by the civil war in El Salvador. John and I feel that this podcast will play a very important role as we get set for the fall release.

Since we are just starting, the Podcast is not available on iTunes but we will be adding it shortly. New episodes will come out every Sunday, so make sure to follow along.

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Show Notes


Welcome to the first episode of the Inside the Journey podcast. I’m Nelson de Witt. I’m John Younger and we are working on the Documentary film Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto, a film about El Salvador’s disappeared children.

Background (5 Min):

We thought we would provide you with a little background information about the war in El Salvador and who the disappeared children are. El Salvador, which is a tiny country in Central America the size and population of Massachusetts, was engaged in a bloody 13 year civil war. During that time over 900 children were either lost or stolen. They are called the Disappeared.

  • 921 reports of children who went missing
  • 382 Solved cases
  • 235 Reunions


For the first episode we want to talk about how we got involved in this project and what it means to us now.

Questions for John: (by Nelson)

  • Why did John get involved?
  • Why did you get into TV/Film production?
  • What does this project mean to you?
  • What do you want to get out of it?

Image of Derek and Nelson

Image of Nelson and Derek

Questions for Nelson: (by John)

  • What has doing this meant to you?
  • What do you most want people to know about your story?
  • And a few more questions that I’m not telling 🙂


Thats our show!

  • You can subscribe to the podcast by going to www.identifyingnelson.com
  • We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment on Facebook.com/IdentifyingNelson
  • Or if you want say something more personal email us at podcast@identifyingnelson.com
  • Tune in next week: We will be talking about some of our personal highlights working on this film.



  • Hosts – Nelson de Witt & John Younger
  • Producer – Mark Kornweibel
  • Editor – Nelson de Witt

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About Nelson/Roberto

Separated from my family during El Salvador's civil war, by death and adoption, I was reunited with them at the age of 16. I do entrepreneurial art projects that are meaningful, relevant, and push me creatively.

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One thought on “Episode #01: Why are we making this film?

  1. Reply

    Hi John and Nelson, Great start! I look forward to getting into the act in a few weeks. Wanted to share a quote from a book I am re-reading for the first time in many years. It was published in the 1980s and is a biography of the philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt, written by Elizabeth Young-Bruehl. On page 377 I was struck by a quotation from an essay Arendt wrote about the storyteller, Isak Dinesen. She first gives this quote from I.D. “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.” then Arendt continues “The story reveals the meaning of what otherwise would remain an unbearable sequence of sheer happenings.” This seems to me to be exactly what you two are talking about as your “high” purpose. Right on.

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