Our Chinatown :: “DREAMers” Seeks to Tell the Stories of NYC’s Undocumented Youth :: “We are in New York City and trying to be actors – and what is that but the American Dream? We are privileged youth who can do this, but we’re talking to youth who have a lot of weight on their shoulders,” cast member Alton Alburo said, articulating what has been particularly compelling about the DREAM Act for all U.S. residents, undocumented or not – the fact that the convenient acronym and its implications parallel the myth of the American dream.
Many cast members felt a personal connection to the project beyond their roles as actors: “I’m from California, so I have friends with undocumented family members. One of my good friends, his grandfather was deported. My friend is a citizen, so he can still leave and visit him. But [undocumented] kids here, if their grandfather gets deported, they can’t go visit. … I wanted to learn more,” said Alburo. read more...