Sueño Americano

Barbershop owner Fernando Trinidad navigates the world of his origin, business, community, and social issues that all connect back to the idea of the American Dream.

  • Sebastian Brito
    Hustle Money
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    EVA Panasonic
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
Director Biography - Sebastian Brito

Sebastian Brito is an Afro-Dominican filmmaker studying directing at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Inspired by filmmakers like Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick, and Ingmar Bergman, Sebastian is big on letting his cultural background and inspirations be the force behind his aesthetic, while also providing for reality and real-world experiences to be the anchor for his voice.

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Director Statement

I am the son of immigrants. Both of my parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in search of a better life. Their resilience and perseverance paved the way to a life in a first world country. A country that birthed me and saw me develop. I grew up speaking spanish in my household and struggled at times to keep up with the language and culture. Outside of my home, I always spoke english and had friends that only spoke english. My mother would always tell me how advantageous it would be to speak spanish in this world. When I was younger, I didn’t believe her. Today, its one of the things I am most grateful for. Along with the ability to integrate myself with the culture of my family. Sueño Americano started about as a personal love letter to my family and to the Dominican Republic. It evolved into a microcosmic discussion concerning origin, business, community, and immigration that all connects back to the idea of the American Dream. I am a byproduct of my parents utilizing the American Dream, for the better. For that I am eternally grateful. Now, I want to redefine what it means to live the American Dream for tomorrow’s world.