Set in today’s heated immigration debate and polarized political climate, the film examines the US’s currently dysfunctional immigration system through the personal stories of individuals struggling under the constant threat of deportation, the rise of the national student and youth activist movement advocating for passage of the DREAM Act, and the impact of immigration policy and laws on the nation.
“For anyone who proudly believes in the United States as a nation of immigrants, DREAM is a powerful documentary that shows how, now more than ever, the Land of Opportunity may no longer be living up to the ideals that became the bedrock of our collective national identity.”
- Austin Arceo, Coordinator of Communications and Special Projects Hubbard Center for Student Engagement, DePauw University
DREAM: AN AMERICAN STORY examines the currently dysfunctional immigration system of the United States through the story of Juan Gomez, a young student struggling under constant threat of deportation. The film documents the rise of the national student and youth activist movement that is advocating for the passage of the DREAM Act and the impact of immigration policy and laws on our nation through interviews with students, national and regional politicians, immigration reform advocates, lawyers, ordinary citizens, and youth activists.
Viewers will come to know the personal and often emotional challenges that undocumented immigrants all over this nation struggle with every day while gaining an understanding of the remarkable strength, creativity, talent, perseverance and grit they draw upon in their struggle for a better life and the freedoms that United States citizens enjoy and perhaps take for granted.
Run time: 96 minutes
“Bello’s greatest accomplishment in this well-executed documentary is finding a story that by virtue of not being typical, manages to explain the crude injustice of the American migratory system.”
-Rafael Bernal, UPI.com
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With more than 20 years of experience writing, producing and directing, Aldo was the Creator and Executive Producer of the award-winning Frontiers of Medicine, a 39-part news magazine-style health series for public television. He was also the Executive Producer of Parent Sense, an 8-part educational series also distributed to public television stations across the nation. Mr. Bello received a Best Director and Best Documentary award from the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for the long-form documentary What Happened. The documentary also won a CINE Golden Eagle and a Best Documentary award from the Long Island International Film Expo.