Rollins' Sam Barns Student-Directs Illegal Dreams in the Global Peace Film Festival

September 22, 2010

September 23 at 6 p.m., scheduled to be in the Bib Lab, screens with A Drop in the Bucket, Taught to Hate and Indelible, with discussion to follow.

Rollins 3/2 student Sam Barns will attend a screening of his film Illegal Dreams as part of Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) Shorts program.

Barns’ film was inspired by the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the “DREAM Act”).  Barns first learned about the DREAM Act during last year’s festival; he completed the film for his CMC 400 Capstone Seminar with Associate Professor of Critical Media & Cultural Studies Lisa Tillman.

“The DREAM Act is a bill that would allow qualifying students to earn temporary citizenship, and from there earn permanent citizenship by completing a two or four-year degree or two years in the military,” Barns said in the film. 

His film argues that media coverage of immigration in America focuses exclusively on the political and economic consequences of immigration while ignoring the human effects of U.S. policies. The movie focuses on the experiences of both documented and undocumented immigrants from the Sin Fronteras Youth Group. The group is part of the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, Florida. Viewers meet four members of the youth group through interviews: Sergio, a documented student who came to America with his father when he was 11 years old, Annabelle and Zenaida, sisters with different immigration statuses, and Eli, an undocumented student and activist who came to America when she was 13.

“It was so brave for all of the kids to be involved in this video,” said Barns. “They all took huge risks by agreeing to speak on video, without knowing who might come across it, and they did it for the good of a movement. That is an amazing thing for anyone to do, especially a high school student.”

Illegal Dreams is an inspirational and moving film that ties in perfectly with the mission of the GPFF, to promote global and community awareness of peace. Rollins is pleased to have a student director in the festival.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see the film and take part in the discussion with Barns.

By Megan Bailly (Class of 2011)

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