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Screening of DREAM: An American Story

The Center for the History of the New America
Special Events Room (6137), McKeldin Library
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:00 PM

The Center for the History of the New America is proud to present a screening of the documentary-in-progress DREAM: An American Story. Aldo Bello, one of the filmmakers and a member of our Leadership Council, will be participating in the screening while a member of the Film Studies Program at Maryland provides introduction and commentary. This event is free and open to the public - we hope you will join us! Please RSVP to newamerica@umd.edu.

A brief description of the documentary from the filmmakers follows; more information can be found at its website.

As the filmmakers of DREAM: An American Story, we have spent the last four years filming Juan Gomez and his struggle to remain in the only country he has ever known. We have also been busy documenting marches and protests throughout the nation, recording the failure of Congress to pass any kind of immigration reform legislation (so far), and interviewing family, friends, colleagues, students, national and regional politicians, immigration reform advocates, lawyers, ordinary citizens, and youth activists advocating for passage of the DREAM Act.

In those four years, and now beginning the fifth year of this journey, we have discovered that this nation is once again at war with itself – struggling to define what it means to be a nation of immigrants in today’s complex political and economic environment and how this cherished idea shapes our psyche, our values and ultimately, our national character.