Screening of new documentary that examines the immigrant experience in higher education in the U.S. through first-person stories, October 27, 2016

A new documentary follows the stories of four individuals who risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education will be screened on Thursday, October 27, 5:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

“The stories in the film present a microcosm of the realities many immigrants experience once they arrive in the United States,” says filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman, director of A Daring Journey. “They work hard to survive without legal status and then pursuing education so that they and their children are able to address future challenges with better tools and more options.”

Two of the film’s subjects, Ruben and Janet Robles, came to the U.S. as a young couple and A Daring Journey tells the story of their son’s time as a student at Vassar College, which is nationally recognized for its efforts to recruit first-generation, low-income students. Ruben Robles, Jr. graduated from Vassar in 2014.

Another story charts a man’s early days in the U.S. living in a shack near railroad tracks, eventually going to law school and becoming a California State Attorney; another focuses on the struggles of being an undocumented college student with no access to loans.

Fadiman spent six years working on the documentary. The stories in the film have common threads, Fadiman points out, but each looks at a different aspect of the undocumented immigrant experience.

This event is sponsored by the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative and a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

About Concentric Media

Founded by Dorothy Fadiman, Concentric Media has been producing films for 40 years. Its many accolades include an Emmy Award, an Academy Award nomination nomination, and a Gold Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Concentric Media provides fresh perspectives on complex issues. Subjects range from holistic healing to progressive education; from aging to the universal Spirit within all faiths. Concentric’s work also documents controversial subjects such as women's reproductive rights in the U.S. and India, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and the disenfranchisement of Native Americans.

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