Following the failure of two major immigration bills to become law in 2007 and 2008, filmmaker Aldo Bello decided to humanize the issue of immigration reform via a feature-length documentary film. It soon became apparent that a stand-alone film was not going to be enough to tackle the complexity of the issue.
The documentary film became part of a larger transmedia project that now includes:
In 2011, the Maryland Dream Act, legislation which would grant in-state tuition to undocumented college students, was passed by the General Assembly, but the issue went to the ballot after critics collected enough petition signatures to force a referendum on whether to uphold the statute or strike it down. The up or down vote became part of the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maryland.
In the summer of 2012, we worked closely with Educating Maryland Kids, an organization supporting passage of the legislation, in the creation and production of a series of online ads. They were instrumental in helping the statute to pass by an overwhelming popular vote of 58-42%. The result of the vote in Maryland set a precedent in the national debate over immigration.