Our mission is to create a film that invites our audience into a story that not only tackles matters of foster care and the well being of children, but addresses the larger complexity of human life and relationships. Since this journey began, multiple messages streaming from all over the world, have found their way into Lexi's lap. Everyone from adoptive parents, young adoptees, grown adult adoptees, and people in her local community have been moved by the story. Our values are rooted deep in not only telling a well developed story, but spreading a message about the importance of these social questions.

In this feature-length documentary, American director/producer Lexi Hiland journeys back to Pamplona, Colombia to uncover the details about her first year of life. After being abandoned at a hospital as a baby, a stranger willingly agrees to take care of her until she is adopted to the United States. Twenty three years later, with no plan and a few names on a torn piece of paper, she meets the woman who was responsible for saving her life. The story is an incredibly personal investigation on the theory of chance and the meaning of opportunity. As the story grows, we see a character split between cultures, privilege and identity. With an unlimited amount of opportunities growing up, the director begs to ask the question: What paths are given to us and which ones do we choose?

    La Lotería de la Vida (The Lottery of Life) explores the core of human nature in situations of abandonment and separation; luck and coincidence. Is chance the only thing that separates us from a life of struggle and poverty, or can we rig the system knowing that our choices will ripple throughout all of humanity? At its center, it’s a self-directed journey to uncover the truths of what makes a family—a narrative that explores the power of adoption, birth, choice and the importance of equal opportunity for all who are given life on this earth.


Pending: Final Filming  in Colombia
Securing Post-Production Funds
Appointing Post-Production Team (See more here)
Seeking Adoption/Foster Care Agency Sponsorships


Extended Synopsis:

    In America, Lexi grew up with a somewhat typical American childhood —and as she got older, her opportunities and accomplishments grew —from working with Danny Boyle at the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies, hosting Pixar director Bob Peterson at her university, and becoming student body vice president to some 30,000 students at Purdue University.      However once she discovered a picture of her as a baby had been hanging on the wall of stranger's house for 20 years in a city tucked away in the mountains of Colombia, she realized her American Dream might be taking on a new form.