Producer/Director Nick Cannell collaborates with Lisa Velazquez-DeNapoli, MSW to create this powerful short documentary film advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. Original score by Patrick Cannell.
Produced for the Jacob Burns Film Center, June 2010 with the generous support of the Elias Foundation and Hudson River HealthCare.
Without question, the issue of immigration today is one of great concern and volatility in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people every year come into the country, forced from their homes and often separated from their families as a result of the many geo-political, socioeconomic factors that have left much of Latin and South America in utter poverty and unable to make ends meet.
No matter how one feels about this hot button topic, immigrants are, and have always been, essential to this country. Yet in 2010, still reeling from the post 9/11 era of xenophobia, anti-immigration, and heightened security, increasingly vocal and hostile residents continue to make life very difficult and often dangerous for Hispanic immigrants.
However, there is flip side to this coin as well. As the numbers of immigrants continue to rise, and they settle in communities and integrate with others, there are growing trends of harmony, tolerance, and symbiosis.
This is the story of 2 different communities north of New York City, Peekskill and Brewster, and the very different experiences the immigrants share as they attempt to settle in them and pursue their dream - the Latin American Dream.