Che Apalache – The Dreamer

 

Che Apalache - The Dreamer

“The Dreamer” was inspired by the stories of undocumented immigrants living in North Carolina and by the life of Moisés Serrano, an openly undocumented and queer DACA recipient and community leader. Since coming out as undocumented in 2010, Serrano has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his story and activism.

“The song, “The Dreamer”, is for the over one million undocumented youth and DACA recipients who have had to grow up learning how to live and love in a country that is actively trying to deport them. The music video, The Dreamer is for the millions of undocumented and immigrant families affected by our racist immigration laws.” — Moises Serrano

Moisés’ advocacy was featured in the documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America, he also wrote the script for “The Dreamer” music video.

A community of filmmakers and local people in North Carolina compelled by the story came together to make this video.

“We are incredibly grateful to the crew that volunteered their time and talent in their commitment to sharing this story. We hope this video will draw attention to the harsh realities faced by Latin American Immigrants in North Carolina. It is time for us all to stand up for their right to safety and well-being.” — Che Apalache

The video has been featured in x, y and z and won a few awards (list).

Read more about Che Apalache and listen to more of their jams over at their website.

“For so many of us in the North Carolina film community, this project was an opportunity to use our craft to give back — to hopefully open some hearts and minds and help overcome the intense culture of intolerance that continues to threaten so many of our friends, neighbors and loved ones across the South.” — Matt Durning, Director

Take action by supporting the organizations below that are fighting for immigrant and undocumented people’s rights in North Carolina.

Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA) connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina. Learn more - http://cimawnc.org/

Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA) connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina.

Learn more – http://cimawnc.org/

Siembra NC is a grassroots group of Latinx and immigrant people in Greensboro, Burlington and other parts of the Triad. We organize for the betterment of our community. Learn more - https://siembranc.org

Siembra NC is a grassroots group of Latinx and immigrant people in Greensboro, Burlington and other parts of the Triad. We organize for the betterment of our community.

Learn more – https://siembranc.org

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become self-directive. Learn more - https://episcopalfarmworkerministry.org/

Siembra NC is a grassroots group of Latinx and immigrant people in Greensboro, Burlington and other parts of the Triad. We organize for the betterment of our community.

Learn more – https://siembranc.org

Additional Credits

Production Designer: Shannon Malone

Additional Camera: Ismail Abdelkhalek, Max Rudledge, Kent Willard

1st AC / Focus: Ismail Abdelkhalek

Camera Assistants: Jesse Ashe, Brett Scibal, Trevor Underwood

Gaffers: Ismail Abdelkhalek, Matt Hedt

Grips: Jeff Buckner, Ned Phillips, Brett Scibal, Trevor Underwood, Kent Willard

 

Colorist: Ismail Abdelkhalek

Special Thanks: The Serrano Family, The Davalos Family, The Flores Family, The Miño Family, The Kucera Family, The Dutton Family, The Anderson Family, Caroline Baker, Jim Roof, Steve Watson, Bill Crowther, Historic Occoneechee Speedway, Ricardo Roberts, Tony Cope, Chris Young, Will Feichter, Melissa Douglas, Elke Millan, Summit Collective, Grip Haus, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Frank Freeman