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I Am A Dreamer


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The Historical Memory Project (HMP)
invites you to a screening of
I am a dreamer.

Friday, April 13 at John Jay College, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Introduction & panel by
Padre Luis Barrios. John Jay College/Movimiento Santuario
David Brotherton. John Jay College
Angelo Cabrera. MASA/Baruch College
Paola Viteri. HMP
Mario Rosales. CUNY TV/ Nueva York - CUNY TV
Movimiento Cosecha

CUNY TV is launching ‘Nueva York Digital Studio’
with the production & release of “I am a dreamer”.

In the doc-fiction series ‘I am a dreamer’, We see the experience of young latinos (Maury, Ash, Nivia and Zulu) living in NYC. We go into their lives, their dreams and their struggles in this city.
Ash Gonzales, who is a dreamer, talks about how the decision of the current U.S administration to end the Deferred Action for Chilhood Arrivals program (DACA) affects him and how he’s dealing with it. Through fast-paced images and heartfelt stories we hope to inspire our audience to be socially active and also that the organizations that are working on behalf of the thousands of undocumented immigrants use ‘I am a dreamer’ as a tool to reach more people and engage them in social change.

Genre: Docu-fiction
FB: https://www.facebook.com/dreamersoy/
Duration: 6 minutes each episode (6 episodes)
Language: Spanish & English

Maury Ayora, Ash González, Zulu Padilla y Nivia Hernandez.

Executive producer: Gail Yancosek
Executive in charge of production: Susan Iger
Senior producer: Jerry Carlson
DP & Camera: Milan Maric & Mario Rosales
Editing: Izabel Acevedo & Mario Rosales
Soundtrack & Sound design: Tyrik Washington
Graphics: Sam Daniel
Subtitles: Sarah Foudy
Publicist: Diana Vargas
Associate producer: Eddie deLeon
Written by Mario Rosales
Created by Izabel Acevedo & Mario Rosales
Produce & directed by: Mario Rosales


Maury (25) is a journalism student at La Guardia Community College. He decided to take action the day Jeff Sessions cancelled DACA, many of his friends are DREAMERS, so he decide to launch a blog about the young Latino experience in contemporary NYC. Maury is born New Yorker, but his grandmother immigrated for Ecuador when she was very young.
In his first blog entry he writes, “In a country that professes to be “the land of the free”, one that more than any other in the history of society, is made up of such a diverse background of races and cultures, traditions - it sadly seems that these days we are regressing further and further into divisions of class, race and political ideals.”

*The blog is going to be a device to tell his different stories and adventures.

Ash (27), is a landscape designer graduated from SUNY Cobleskill University, he works at a urban farm in Randall's Island, where he teaches urban farming to high school students, in his spare time he plays the guitar in a rock band. He came from Mexico city at young age. He’s a Dreamer & DACA recipient.

Zulu (29) & Nivia (24), are both visual artists that work around the ideas of immigration.

ZULU is developing a visual project where he documents the different species of birds that live in prospect park, in which many migrate in the winter to south america, and that helps him to be able to talk about his own experience as a migrant from Colombia.

NIVIA is a student of photography at Hunter college, she was born in Guatemala but came to NY at an early age and she’s been developing a photography project making portraits of Latino street food vendors where she’s looking to tell their stories about migration.

In 2018, CUNY TV is launching ‘Nueva York Digital Studio’ to provide more visibility to the artistic and social lives of the Latino community in the Big Apple. Nueva York Digital Studio will be presented in different platforms: broadcast, social media and online.

Created in 2005, CUNY TV's series Nueva York (www.cuny.tv/nuevayork) showcases the impact and contributions of Latinos in New York City. Since its inception, the show has been earned 12 Emmys Awards, the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the American television industry.

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