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Ale y Yose

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Director: Erin Semine Kökdil
Publication Date: 2020
Language: English;Spanish; Castilian
Book webpage: https://www.videoproject.com/ale-y-yose.html
Abstract: Alejandra Matias and Yoselina Bazan are two friends and DREAMers from Oakland, California. Given cameras to self-document their personal experiences, the two share their various hopes and fears over a period of six months, reimagining what it means to be a teenage girl in the United States. Among the everyday issues of balancing a school, home, and work life, they also grapple with the uncertainties surrounding their citizenship in the midst of legal challenges thrown at DACA recipients during the Trump presidency. The film weaves together their personal home videos with interview and observational footage to captures their various struggles with an unknown future. Ale is balancing a four-day work week at a part-time job on top of her senior year of high school. Yose faces a lack of emotional support at home. As they open up to the camera, they also speak about putting up a tough front to protect themselves lest anyone take advantage of them. Despite the fears over their legal status, they continue to be activists in their community as seen by their participation at a rally protesting the presence of ICE in their city. When asked about the future, they hopefully imagine one in which people get organized and continue to fight.
Subject Keywords: Latino, DACA, Immigration, Oakland, Teenager, Youth, Teenage Girl
Distributor: Video Project
Genre: Documentary
Format: DVD; Digital
Running Time: 24 minutes