The Last Dream documentary has been nominated for The 43rd Boston/New England Emmy Award. The Last Dream is part of The Massachusetts TPS Committee’s campaign for permanent residency for more than 350,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) families across the country. As a collaboration with Boston Experimental Theatre Company, the play toured the east coast, performing for Congress, Boston City Hall, Boston University, Harvard University and as part of the National TPS alliance’s 2019 TPS People Summit in DC. Inspired by this play, members of Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) produced a twenty-minute documentary entitled The Last Dream, so that many more people in Massachusetts and across the country can hear these stories and join in their fight. Our Families Are Not Temporary!
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A child’s worst nightmare is being separated from their family. The children of Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries (TPS) fear that nightmare could become a reality. Over 350,000 families have been irrevocably changed by the Trump administration’s revocation of TPS designations, pitting them in a constant fight against the imminent threat of deportation. That threat endangers the children in those families. Will You Help Them?
During the making of The Last Dream we heard:
The story of a 12 year old boy who said he wants to be with his father as often as he can, because his father may be deported, and he doesn’t want to forget him!
The story of a nine year old girl who wished to ask the president how he would feel if he was a 9 year old and someone threatened to take his parents away!
The stories of mothers through tears saying that if they are deported, they will have to leave their children here in US, not knowing when, or if, they will see them again.
In 2017, the US government announced that TPS would be cancelled nationwide. After hearing about the impossible circumstances that TPS holders were thrust into, Boston Experimental Theatre Company (BETC) began working with some of the children of TPS recipients and their families to help share their stories, create more awareness about Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and help fundraise for the Massachusetts TPS Committee. They devised the show (The Last Dream) from the real stories of 13 children of TPS recipients, ranging in age from 9 to 17.
We toured the play along the east coast, and performed before Congress, Boston City Hall, Boston University, Harvard University, and at Imagination Stage in Maryland as a part of the National TPS Alliance rally in DC. Inspired by this play, members of Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) produced a twenty-minute documentary entitled The Last Dream, so that many more people across the country can hear these children and join their fight.
These children and many more across the country have become strong and active members of the National TPS Alliance and have been fighting very hard over the past two years to stay together with their families. After many performances of The Last Dream play, presentations of the documentary, meetings with legislators in DC and around the country, the US Congress passed “The Dream and Promise Act (HR6)” to be brought to the Senate. Meanwhile TPS has been extended until January 4, 2021. None of this could have been possible without the support of US citizens who believe in American values and dreams and how they are manifest in TPS recipients. But, the problem remains. These families are living under the constant shadow of potential separation. Every one of these children go to bed, not knowing if they will still be with their parents after January, 4, 2021. Families across the US need your help.
Please watch The Last Dream documentary to learn more about these children and CLICK HERE to make a donation to the National TPS Alliance. Any amount can make a difference. Your contribution ensures that TPS holders have the resources needed to continue their campaign for permanent legal residency throughout the country. Such efforts include advocacy, leadership development, and strategies focused on educating congressional leaders and the American public on the TPS program’s necessity.
Knowledge is Power. We must make the country aware of the impending crisis these children and their families face. Please help us spread this message, and share #TheLastDream with your friends and family across the country.
Click HERE To Watch The Last Dream documentary (20m)
CLICK HERE to make a donation to the National TPS Alliance. Any amount can make a difference.
The Last Dream Play was a Collaboration between Boston Experimental Theatre and Massachusetts TPS Committee:
Written and directed by: Jared Wright & Donya Pooli Yeganeh
Production manager and art director: Emily Wright
Produced by: Vahdat Yeganeh-Jose Palma
The Last Dream documentary was produced by Boston Neighborhood Networks:
Producer: Steve Marx
Director of Photography: Edward Slattery
Editor: Laura Bean
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