My name is Dilan Garcia Lopez, I am a videographer that started making GoPro edits when I was 15. I’m now 21, and I make short form documentary videos of events and people who are based in Los Angeles. I made this latest film, about Oscar Revilla, because the topic of immigration, and specifically D.A.C.A, is very close to my heart. I come from a family of immigrants, and am a D.A.C.A recipient myself. By making this film with the skills that I have built over the last 6 years in Los Angeles, I hope to put the spotlight on someone who is under the blade, under the intense pressure that many of us feel. Obama’s executive action granting certain individuals who fit the qualifications the ability to obtain a social security number and a work permit, as well as 2 year shield from deportation, has changed many lives, this is just one of them.
The Trump Administration decided to end D.A.C.A, giving Congress until March of 2018 to step up to the plate and do something to give dreamers like Oscar and myself the possibility of having a bright future here in the United States, given that this is all we know since we were brought here by our parents as infants.
This film is my attempt to shine a positive spotlight on Oscar, because his story and his struggle mirrors many of the other 800,000 D.A.C.A recipients/Dreamers in this country. By making something like this, I hope it helps people understand that we have the ability to contribute to this country in a positive way if we are given the opportunity to do so.
The termination of D.A.C.A would affect Oscar’s life, my life, and the people’s lives whom benefit from us having the ability to work legally and provide for our loved ones. I hope you enjoy watching.