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Immigrant Voices of America: Sara Sandoval

Sara has over 100K followers on YouTube, but none of them know she's a Dreamer. After the possibility of DACA being terminated by the Trump Administration, Sara makes the tough choice to come out to her followers and shed light on her status.

Immigrant Voices of America is an eight-episode documentary-series sharing the immigrant experience in the United States of America. Each episode highlights a different immigrant group and the challenges they face with their immigration status. Each story showcases the hardships, triumphs, and aspirations of these brave men and women as they strive to achieve a better life in the US.

  • Miguel Angel Duran
    The Valley in the Struggle, Unrest
  • Miguel A Duran
  • Refugio Juarez
  • Robert Frashure
  • Csaba Mészáros
  • Sara Sandoval
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Documentary Series, Episodic
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Miguel Angel Duran

Miguel Angel Durán is a Chicano writer/director whose work spans documentaries, shorts, and branded content. At the age of 23, he directed his first feature-length documentary, Unrest, where over 1,000 attendees were present at the premiere screening. He then directed The Valley in The Struggle, a thirty-minute documentary sharing the UFW’s fight for farmworker justice in the late 1960s, narrated by acclaimed actor, Jacob Vargas. Recently, he directed Immigrant Voices of America, an eight-episode documentary-series that won the Jury Award for Best Episodic Documentary from the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival. After a decade in the documentary space, Miguel transitioned into narrative work. His pilot for A Mother’s Love placed semi-finalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft’s TV Pilot Script Competition. Regardless of genre or form, Miguel strives to create compelling stories that make an impact on the viewer.

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Director Statement

My passion for storytelling came very early in my life. When I was five years old my parents took me to go see La Bamba, a movie about the first Latino rocker Ritchie Valens, who was from my community of Pacoima. That film changed my life. I knew then, and there that my life would revolve around storytelling in all its forms.

I’ve done everything possible to shed a positive light on stories focusing on Latinos and people of color because we need to celebrate one another. We need to be able to present our stories in a variety of mediums to show the beauty and complexities of our communities. We need a positive representation of our people and the only way to make this happen is by creating the stories ourselves, strong allyship and access to platforms to display our stories.

Representation matters. I am a product of that saying. The more we can share our stories with the American public the closer we get to being accepted as part of the American family.