Logline: “9 Digits” is the story of 7 undocumented students living in the US. In the United States good, affordable education is a basic human right and an integral part of the American dream. However, college is denied to many undocumented youth in the US who are condemned to a state of limbo by the inability to attend and afford college. The small group that is actually allowed to complete higher studies, due to their outstanding performance, is disabled by the system to go on and become proud job creators for our economy.
Hazel – undocumented, female, applying to college, hopes to become an actress studies at Chelsea High School, originally from El Salvador, lives in Brooklyn, 18 years old.
Hazel recently applied to college in her senior year of high school. She had high hopes to leave New York City and go to a college with a campus far away from home. Unfortunately because of her status and her need for financial aid, she was not accepted to any private universities. She is however attending Brooklyn CUNY in the fall.
Felipe – undocumented, male, artist, Cooper-union (private) graduate, originally from Mexico, lives in Brooklyn, queer, mid 20’s.
Felipe spends his life working as a printmaker but more importantly he dedicates his life to coming out of the shadows as undocumented in front of thousands. He has been arrested numerous times for his activism and will continue to do so for the younger generation of undocumented students.
Erik – undocumented, male, Wesleyan (private) graduate, originally from Mexico.
Eric was premed at Wesleyan University. When his father had problems walking and needed surgery, Eric took the time to train in his father’s position as a chef at a restaurant so that his father would not have to lose his job due to his absence.
Julio – undocumented, male, studies radiology at Bronx Community College, originally from El Salvador but came here a few years ago because of gangs, queer, 25 years old
Julio was stopped in a greyhound bus and arrested for being undocumented. He went to an immigration hearing in June 2011 and they gave him another year in the states. In June 2012, he petitioned to stay in the US for asylum (the gangs in El Salvador were after him because of his sexual orientation) and the judge seemed to be very satisfied with his case. We will know the final decision in late august.
Ian – undocumented, male, teacher at CUNY, dedicates his life to helping students get scholarships for college, CUNY graduate, originally from the Philippines, 30 years old
Ian worked his whole life to go to his dream school. He got a full ride to NYU but couldn’t attend because they rescinded his scholarship due to his status. He took this as motivation to help students find scholarships, write college essays and tutor them in various subjects so that they could succeed in the way he couldn’t.