Reel Reality Short Slot
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
USA | 11 min | 2017
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.
Born in the Philippines, Raymond and his family legally immigrated to the United States when he was one-year old. At the age of 10 he became undocumented, which crushed his dreams of attending college and nearly derailed his life when it had just begun. But rather than give up, Raymond emerged as an outspoken activist in support of immigrant rights. 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.
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.