Soñador is a story about an immigrant family experience during the pandemic of 2020. This story begins with 2 parents who have a dream of giving their children a better future. Then the dream of a first generation college student to graduate from university is accomplished in the middle of a global crisis.
La pandemia cambió la pantalla del estadio por la pantalla de la sala. Sin importar, estuve rodeada de las personas que me apoyaron durante este largo viaje y eso es el más alto de todos mis logros.
How would you characterize Selene’s perception of the year 2020?
What does she do in her introduction to sharpen the viewer’s understanding of her experience?
Selene’s story is a tribute to her parents who “made the great sacrifice of immigrating to the United States when I was 5 years old.” She goes on to describe the difficulties they faced and says, “Nevertheless, they kept moving forward and I am so proud to be their daughter.”
- In this short passage, what does Selene convey about the immigrant experience?
- What does it suggest about Selene personally?
The challenges Selene faced as a college student with DACA status are clear, as is her determination. Although the pandemic thwarted her long-held dream of walking across the stage to receive her diploma, she recognizes the larger importance of the moment celebrated in her living room.
- What has Selene proven about herself?
- What do you think she offers to her community?
- What about other students in similar situations who were unable to fulfill their dream?
- What do you think is the effect, not only on them as individuals, but also on the community and the nation as a whole?