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The Dream Is Now

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Strong, emotional documentary supports immigration reform.

Movie NR 2013 31 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
age 12+

Informative & moving

Awesome movie. I want my kids to see it. They should know what's going on in their country.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This film successfully challenges many of the preconceived notions people have about what who illegal residents are, what they do, and their impact on society. From Phoenix, Ariz., to Ann Arbor, Mich., The Dream Is Now weaves together the political story behind Congress' inability to pass/agree on immigration reform and the emotional personal narratives of accomplished young adults who were illegally brought into this country as children and aren't being allowed to become contributing members of American society despite being committed to serving the United States in some way. The film also underscores the real challenges that these young people face every day because of their undocumented status: like not having a Social Security number, coping with prevailing stereotypes about who illegal immigrants really are, and living in fear of invasive law enforcement practices and of being deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Dream Is Now -- which takes a clear political position on this hot-button issue -- is a call to action for residents in the United States, legal or otherwise, to mobilize in order to pass the Dream Act and/or other legislation designed to assist the undocumented population in this country. Because of its brief 30-minute time frame, it isn't able to address many of the details surrounding this extremely complicated issue. But it shows how America's young people are willing to come together to change something that's broken.

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