Hurricane María & The Ame-Rican Dream

Imagine living through a direct hit from a Category 5 hurricane - an
event that would change your life forever. You would have to leave
everything you know behind to start over in a new and unfamiliar
place. What would you do? What challenges would you face?
How would you survive and provide for your family?

Prepare to embark on a journey with one Puerto Rican family who
shares their personal story of survival and triumph after enduring
Hurricane María, a storm that devastated the island of Puerto
Rico in 2017 and displaced 135,000+ residents into the United
States mainland. Experience the transition of Alex, Leyra and their
daughters, Girellys and Adriana Díaz. We travel with them over a
two-year period, from the moment María makes landfall on the
island and through the chaotic aftermath left by the storm, which
ultimately leads to the family’s difficult decision to leave their
home in Puerto Rico and move to Florida.

Through the eyes of the Díaz family, we learn the struggles of
assimilating to life in the continental U.S. when obstacles, such as
language barriers and cultural differences, stand in the way. What
does the idea of the “American Dream” look like for someone in
these circumstances and what does it take to pursue that dream?
Is the American Dream attainable for Puerto Ricans - and other
Latin-American migrants alike?

  • Christopher Majocha
  • Maury Lambright (Assistant Director)
  • Christopher Majocha
  • Maury Lambright (Associate Producer)
  • Alex Diaz (Associate Producer)
  • Alex Diaz
    Key Cast
  • Leyra Diaz
    Key Cast
  • Sami Haiman-Marrero
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Howard Rodriguez-Mori
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    53 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Christopher Majocha, Maury Lambright (Assistant Director)

A Boston native, Chris Majocha has more than a decade of experience as a successful marketer, multimedia content producer, and filmmaker. He is best known for his community advocacy in Central Florida with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and for his ability to effect positive change through human-inspired storytelling. From Fortune 500 companies to startups, nonprofits to academic institutions, Majocha has been able to master the art
of storytelling and assist organizations with constructing the right
message, in the right medium, on the right channel, to connect
with the right audiences at the right time.

As the Principal of UdoU Productions, Chris currently serves on
the board of directors for SOS by Urbander, as the producer for
the “I Have Something To Say!” podcast and as the vice president
for the Mercury Axis artist collective.

He holds a BS in Recording Arts and an MS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

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