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A DARING JOURNEY
From Immigration to Education

 

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Trailer (1:39)
Full-length film (26 mins. 4 secs.): Vimeo Link
Full-length Spanish-version film (27 mins. 10 secs.): Vimeo Link
Website: aDaringJourneyFilm.org
Spanish Language version of this Webpage:
http://www.concentric.org/films/es_a_daring_journey.html

Dorothy's Making of

I sometimes shop for fruits - like mangos and papayas - at a corner market run by a Mexican-American family. One day Ruben Sr., the owner, greeted me with a smile and said, "My son, Ruben Jr., is going to college!" I congratulated him, then asked, "Where is he going?." Ruben Sr. said, "Vassar." What a small world it is! I responded by sharing with him that our daughter went to Vassar. I knew then and there that this family's story would make an interesting documentary. Ruben Sr. and his wife, Janet, risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico. They arrived with nothing and now their son was off to college. One of their dreams was for their children to get a better education than they had had in Mexico. Over the next five years, as I documented Ruben Jr.'s journey from high school through college, I met Luis and Sergio, two undocumented young men. What impressed me about all of these people was that they share an appreciation for the importance of education in building a better life.

Credits

Director/Producer: Dorothy Fadiman
Producer/Director of Photography/Editor: 
Owen Tomlins

Assistant Editor: Laura Wigod
Research: Dixie Lopez
Production Coordinator: K. Ushiba
English version narrated by  Peter Coyote
Spanish version narrated by  María Marroquín
Music: Erika Luckett

Transcription

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Synopsis

A DARING JOURNEY: From Immigration to Education follows three stories about two individuals and a couple who risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. The film begins with each giving a vivid description of the journey and then explores their struggles to earn a living in the shadows of the U.S. immigration system. We follow their stories as they pursue their dreams. They all seek higher education. Ruben Sr. and his wife, Janet, who both had minimal education in Mexico, support their son Ruben Jr. as he prepares for college. After studying at a high school that serves students historically underrepresented in higher education, Ruben Jr. then goes on to a college recognized for its efforts to recruit and support first generation, low-income high potential students. These three stories present a microcosm of the realities that many immigrants experience once they arrive in the United States: working hard to survive without legal status and then pursuing education so that they and their children are better able to address the challenges in their futures with better tools and more options.

SCREENINGS

Creative Arts Film Festival
December 2015

Pacific Grove Monarch Film Festival
Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove, CA
December 10, 2015

19th Anniversary Event for the
Mountain View Day Worker Center
November 6, 2015
Event Media Advisory

Eastside College Preparatory School
Center for the Arts
August 2, 2015
Event Media Advisory

Press

Risking It All for Education
Mountain View Day Worker Center Newsletter, Dec 2015

Article about the Premiere in
The Menlo Park Almanac, Jul 2015

Awards

Best Documentary Short Film
Creative Arts Film Festival, 2015

Webpage en Español

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