Another student film about the undocumented. What do you think of this one?
67 Sueños by New American Media
Colorlines documented a recent report released by the Migration Policy Institute that has revealed data suggesting 67% of undocumented youth and young adults would not qualify for the DREAM Act. This introductory video provides a glimpse into the 67 Sueños Collective in Oakland and their organizing efforts in social justice for undocumented and under-represented immigrants. As the Institute’s findings would indicate, a significant majority of undocumented youth are not addressed or acknowledged by current legislation. Furthermore, just as the Collective organizers mentioned, there exists a media dichotomy of immigrant criminal and immigrant over-achiever that prevents the visibility of diverse struggles in the lives of undocumented youth. The DREAM Act, while valuable for a minority of immigrants (particularly those who are presently in college), is problematic to the extent that it offers citizenship through “higher” education (which many undocumented Latin@s cannot afford) or citizenship through military service (which many undocumented Latin@s do not want). This is one of many ways Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) does not begin to be even slightly “comprehensive.”
CALLING ALL DREAMERS!
I am currently in pre-production on a documentary about the lives of undocumented students in NYC. If you or anyone you know has a story they’d like to share, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film will be an intimate look at the issues facing undocumented youth from shame to hope as these students continue their education despite the limited opportunities for residents without papers.
To be fair to the issue, I want to hear your stories! As many as possible! Submit on my tumblr page or e-mail and who knows? You may be featured in the film!
To all Dreamers out there, your courage is astounding. Your stories continue to inspire me.