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, and NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE STREAMING, 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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The future of DACA is in jeopardy. It is a moment of uncertainty, as DACA could get rescinded by the Trump administration or blocked by a court ruling. These trying times also bring opportunity, as new DREAM Act-like legislation has been introduced into Congress.

In solidarity with DACA recipients and their families, both of our films will be available for free streaming through our website through September 30th. This is a great opportunity to share these stories with educators, students and everyone in your community! These films provide opportunities to have necessary conversations to heal, understand and support this generation of young people. Watch the films. Organize screenings. Tell your teacher, tell your preacher and gather all your best friends. This is a crucial time to ask questions and have honest, positive conversations around the often misunderstood issues surrounding the DACA generation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our mailing list (see footer below) to find out about future events such as the upcoming Facebook Live conversation with Vanessa, the subject of VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED). We appreciate the support of Define American in helping us share these stories with their social networks. Visit their website for more resources to engage your community in necessary and meaningful conversations about the American experience.

To take action to support DACA recipients, go to: DefendDACA.com.

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