Directors Statement

In the winter of 2010 the DREAM Act came within a few votes short of passage in the Senate. DREAMers were devastated, optimism had been high. I saw many of my family and friends fall into a hopeless depression. We felt the political climate was right for it to finally pass into law and that they'd see a great improvement in their quality of livew. A driver's license, the opportunity to pursue higher education or the ability to work in the field they'd mastered in college. Their dream did not become a reality.

I looked upon their pain and began to write Dreamer. After the script had been written, the community stepped in. In the summer of 2011, we raised over $50,000 in seed money for the film on This was a film of the community in many ways and I was fully aware of the responsibility of finally telling a DREAMer's story. It had to be honest. It had to reflect their reality. It had to expose their deepest fears while laying bare their struggles with identity.

And that is the central theme of Dreamer. It's a topic I have yet to come to terms with myself. My mother brought my siblings and I here undocumented. I was three years old and have no recollection of the country I was born in. All I know is America. I was fortunate that because we came here during the Salvadorian Civil War, we were granted protected status and I am now a permanent resident. But I still feel the sadness of my family and friends. Still grapple with their feelings of rejection and alienation. On the one hand, my adopted country made me who I am, it educated me and nourished me. On the other, it refuses to fully recognize all of it's children.

Dreamer is dedicated to them and all those who have felt isolated and alone at one point or another in their lives.