Youth participating in the Teen Producers Project, a program of Media Arts Center San Diego, hosted a screening of their documentary on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act earlier this month. They share the film with SpeakCityHeights.org readers below.
The film places viewers in the shoes of Alejandra, a local who student who was brought to the United States illegally by her parents. She became a star student and active in her community, knowing that her barriers to success were much steeper than those of legal citizens. Despite her achievements, her illegal status stands between her and a college degree.
The DREAM Act would grant Alejandra and other undocumented students federal financial aid and a path to citizenship. Two state bills that would free up state aid for undocumented students are being weighed in the California legislature now.
MACSD Screens Teen Docs on Dream Act
KPBS’s Beth Accomando visited the Media Arts Center San Diego to talk with Executive Director Ethan Van Thillo and several teen producers, who were busy putting the final touches on their films about the Dream Act.
City Heights Teens: Let MACSD Help You Get On KPBS
Speak City Heights partner Media Arts Center San Diego is looking for City Heights teens to join its Teen Producers Project. The program introduces area youth tho filmmaking, covering everything from storyboarding to final credits.
Squeeze on Community Colleges Brings New Urgency to Dream Act
With budget cuts squeezing community colleges–the only feasible route to a higher education for many undocumented students–Victor and his teachers watch with new urgency as the act presses the Capitol once more.