American Dreaming | 2017 | Texas Premiere

Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
10 min

Tue Jun 5 | 6:30 PM

For undocumented immigrants, attending college is not a right, but a privilege that very few receive. In the state of Georgia, undocumented immigrants are barred from attending the top most selected public colleges and universities, and to Raymond Partolan, a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant, this is a modern-day form of segregation that he hopes to overcome. And, even though there are no guarantees of employment or future opportunity for undocumented immigrants, Raymond and many others like him continue to lobby congress, speak publicly and protest for the right to attend college and pursue the American dream.

Language English

Genre Documentary Short

Matthew Hashiguchi is a documentary filmmaker whose work investigates the diverse experiences, identities and cultures of American society. His first feature-length documentary, Good Luck Soup, was broadcast nationally on PBS World's America ReFramed, received a 2016 Documentary Fund Award from the Center for Asian American Media and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, premiered at the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival, received an award for Best Local Documentary at the 2016 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and also features a web-based, interactive documentary and a virtual reality documentary. In addition to filmmaking, Matthew is an Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University.



Mr. Raymond Partolan is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC working primarily on family-based immigration cases. Before joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC, Mr. Partolan spent several years as the Program Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, a nonprofit law and advocacy center for Asian Americans across the Southeast. There, he developed an expertise in voter engagement tactics, effective targeting and messaging strategy, and nonpartisan campaign execution. In 2016, he led his team at Advancing Justice to develop an engagement strategy that would later lead to helping triple Asian American voter turnout in the State of Georgia. While working in voter engagement, he spent as much time in the field with his canvassers as he did studying turf maps, making field math computations, and course-correcting the overall strategy. 

For over seven years, Mr. Partolan has been a fearless advocate for immigrant and refugee communities as a DACA recipient himself. In 2013, he was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University System of Georgia challenging its decision to bar DACA recipients from receiving in-state tuition at Georgia schools. He has lobbied for immigration reform at the local, state, and federal levels of government, traveling the country to share his immigrant story.

He received a certificate from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. for his coursework in a "Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law," and graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Partolan is originally from the Philippines and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Tagalog."



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