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Who has the right to study and work in the U.S.?

When people contribute socially and economically to a society, are they not citizens?

Is there a way for the politically disenfranchised to feasibly gain American citizenship?


On April 30 at 7:30pm, Freewaves, Self Help Graphics & Art, La Causa and TELA SOFA (The East LA Society for Film and Arts) will present DREAM + ACT, a selection of visual art and activism focused on immigration as it relates to communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Through film and video, DREAM + ACT will express multiple visions and viewpoints on the realities of immigration and how it affects us.  We aim to build a community of dialogue and bridge the cultural communities in Los Angeles and countries around the globe.

In addition to providing encouragement for film and video makers and activists, this event seeks to promote deeper understanding of our diverse city by presenting a wide array of perspectives on the complex issue of immigration. The community will be able to interact with the filmmakers to further explore the issues addressed.

7:30pm            Panel discussion on the status of immigration and Dream Act organizing
8:30pm            Screening of curated short films and videos
9:30pm            Q & A with film and videomakers

Plus a mini exhibition on graphic art related to recent immigration legislation.


Mobile silkscreening by Joel Garcia

The Videos

THE SCIENCE OF DREAM, Dreamers Adrift  (5:23)
DREAM TO UNITE, Adriana Silva  (3:27)
JULIO’S DRAWING FRENZY, Dreamers Adrift  (2:09)
YO SOY EL ARMY, Marco Amador  (6:21)
INDEX ME, Luis Zavala  (5:13)
LA FRONTERA, Nicole Antebi  (6:25)
HOUSE PROYECTO, Catherine Forster  (9:24)
DREAM WALKING, Dreamers Adrift (2:22)

The Panelists
Arely Zimmerman is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at USC in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (Moderator)
Erick Huerta is an organizer with Dream Team LA and a journalist at East Los Angeles College
Pedro Joel is a community organizer working with VozMob at IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California)
Julio Salgado is a member of Dreamers Adrift and a freelance journalist
Nancy Guarneros a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University in the School of Educational Studies
Marco Amador is the producer and investigative reporter of Yo Soy El Army and director of Centro de Comunicacion Comunitario.

Q&A with Videomakers
Nicole Antebi
Marina Wood & Jose Garcia
Luis Zavala

Exhibition of graphic art organized by Ernesto Yerena. This selection, from the Alto Arizona Art campaign, called on artists opposed to SB 1070 to take action and create an image. The act originated in Arizona and aims to identify, prosecute and deport undocumented immigrants.

America Love Me poster by Grupo Bijari. Grupo Bijari, a collective of artists, urban planners, architects and designers from Säo Paulo, Brazil, created a map tracing the multi-layered network behind the issues of immigration and education in California. The artists conducted extensive research in Los Angeles as part of their project, America Love Me, for Outpost for Contemporary Art’s international residency program.

Location Self Help Graphics & Art  1300 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90033, across from the Metro Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station.

Parking is limited in the area. We encourage people to take Metro ( and exit at the Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station.


DREAM :: We believe art has the power to inspire, create new possibilities and broaden our perspectives so we can see our community through a different lens.

ACT :: Not content to dream only, together we aim to provoke thought and inspire solutions to the challenge of immigration in this country—a challenge shared by people throughout the world.



DREAM + ACT is a collaboration of TELA SOFA, Freewaves, Self Help Graphics & Art and La Causa.

TELA SOFA’s mission is to offer a venue for all interested filmmakers, first-time through professional, to explore issues affecting our world today while connecting them with the Hollywood film industry.

Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is a nationally recognized center for Latino arts that develops and nurtures artists in printmaking. SHG advances Latino art broadly through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond and engages young and emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities.

Freewaves is dedicated to the creative exhibition of the most innovative and culturally relevant independent new media from around the world. Freewaves facilitates cross-cultural dialogues by inventing dynamic new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles.

LA CAUSA (Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice, and Action) engages historically disenfranchised young people and their families from East Los Angeles to take action against the injustices that impact low-income communities of color.

More info:
Juan Escobedo or Jose Yenque, TELA SOFA