DREAMer DOCS offers two short documentaries that tell deeply personal stories about what it’s like to come of age in America while undocumented – before, during and after DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Creative, entertaining, and moving, I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… and VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED) bear witness to the everyday battles of two young women growing up amidst the ever-changing landscape of U.S. immigration policy. Through their stories, we get insight into what life was like before DACA, the change that DACA brought, and the urgency of passing legislation that would finally give this generation a chance to be free. A powerful tool for educators and communities interested in gaining a deeper understanding and starting conversations about immigration reform and for anyone working with undocumented youth.

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… is a creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Because she doesn’t want to appear on camera, found footage from American culture illuminates her voice as she struggles with her new identity and the reality of not being able to legally drive, work or reside in the U.S. »LEARN MORE & STREAM NOW

VIDA DIFERIDA tells the story of Vanessa, an undocumented teenager who was born in Mexico but has lived in the United States since she was six. After the announcement of the policy known as “Deferred Action”, Vanessa contemplates the possibility of a future she was ready to give up on. How will this life-changing opportunity impact her life and the lives of those around her? »LEARN MORE & STREAM NOW

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Bring these films to your classroom, church, library or community center. Filmmakers Corey Ohama & Brenda Avila-Hanna, and documentary participant Vanessa Martinez can help lead a discussion, or you can use our provided discussion guides.  Contact us at dreamerdocs@gmail.com for more info. For more information about the rescission of DACA and how to take action to pass the DREAM Act, visit: weareheretostay.org  
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