Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with Moises Camacho



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Moises Camacho was born in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, he lived in various locations such as Long Beach, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Arizona before finally settling in Brownsburg, Indiana. Camacho lived with his dad and five other siblings while his mother lived outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. In high school, he participated in Distributive Education Clubs of America, National Art Honor Society, and yearbook club. It was in yearbook club that his teacher let him to borrow a camera and test out his passion for film making. After graduating from Brownsburg High School, Camacho went on to continue his education at Columbia College Chicago majoring in film making. The summer before he started college, Camacho filmed and edited a documentary about his adventures with his friend. As a freshman in college, Camacho was a part of Columbia College Chicago’s honors program and ran a podcast called, “Enter Sandman” with another Columbia student where the two talked about Adam Sandler movies. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused his college to close its campus and move to online learning. Camacho moved from his grandmother’s home close to the city back to his hometown of Brownsburg, Indiana to be with his father and siblings. He is continuing his education digitally while continuing work as an essential worker as a at Walmart.

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In this interview with freshman film major, Moises Camacho, he recalls what it was like moving back under one roof to his home in Brownsburg, Indiana with his dad and five other siblings. Before starting college, Camacho said he moved around quite a bit but eventually settled in Brownsburg, Indiana.He shares how his passion for film making blossomed the first time he borrowed a camera in yearbook club. When he started college at Columbia, he shares how he furthered his passion for film making. Shortly into his first year at Columbia, Camacho shared his struggles with the coronavirus pandemic and he reflects on how online learning might be beneficial for some, but for him, it has posed an additional burden in trying to complete his school work. Camacho mentions how he and his father have grown closer after not living under the same roof for some time. Along with school, Camacho discusses his full-time job at Walmart and his personal life. Working there, puts into perspective how others are handling the coronavirus. and he is grateful for still being able to make money during this time. His brothers and father are also considered essential workers so Camacho expresses his concerns having multiple family members going in and out of the house. Ultimately, Camacho describes how he quickly realized the long-lasting effects the pandemic would have on his work, school work, and personal life once the college decided to close its campus.

Conducted in spring 2020 by an Oral History: The Art of the Interview student, this interview with a fellow student in the class reflects on the pandemic and how it impacted their life. The interview is conducted based on the life history approach to oral history.

Interview with Moises Camacho