Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion at MDC’s Iconic Tower Theater
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miami, FL – August 8, 2016 – Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) presents Dream: An American Story, an award-winning feature-length documentary film which chronicles the life of MDC graduate and former top student Juan Gomez on Monday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m., at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Tower Theater.
Academically gifted, Juan Gomez firmly believes in the philosophy and promise of the American Dream. Facing separation from his parents, and caught in the midst of a dysfunctional immigration system and a deadlocked Congress, this dedicated and hardworking student struggles to gain legal status in the United States, the country he entered at age two with his parents who fled Colombia seeking asylum. The film will be preceded by a reception and a panel discussion will take place following the screening.
Much is at stake for DREAMers like Juan, remarkable young immigrants currently protected from deportation by President Obama under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The 2016 presidential race has further heightened their fear of deportation, amid calls for mass round-ups and the deportation of all persons lacking legal status. AI Justice has been fighting for immigration reform since opening its doors in January 1996 and staff continue to work tirelessly to protect immigrants’ basic rights.
Panelists will include the award-winning filmmaker Aldo Bello, former Miami mayor Manny Diaz, and prominent DREAMer, immigrant rights advocate, and MDC graduate Gaby Pacheco. AI Justice’s Executive Director, Cheryl Little will moderate the panel.
For more information, please contact Ariela Moscowitz Fegley at 786-454-8853 or [email protected]
WHAT: Americans for Immigrants Justice Presents DREAM: An American Story
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 29, reception at 5:30 p.m., film followed by panel at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: MDC’s Tower Theater
1508 SW 8th St.
MDC Media-only contacts: Juan C. Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, [email protected]; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949, [email protected]; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, [email protected] or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, [email protected]