(Re)housing the American Dream, 2016
During a 13-day video shoot personal histories and experiences from the participating middle school students served as metaphors to explore the real and imagined reality of the American Dream. The video raises questions about the notions of home, belonging and happiness in context of the American Dream. Delving into the complex notions of place, person, community, family, country, origin, land, or a moment of time as a site of identification, with being a person. The video ponders the enduring question of what it means to be human and how this has become inextricably from the question who we are to each other? How is the American Dream both an individual and collective dream? These young residents of Milwaukee imagined and (re)envisioned the American Dream and what is most required to allow this dream unfold.
Director: Kirsten Leenaars
Assistant Director: Lindsey Barlag Thornton
Camera: Ellie Hall and Nick Drew
Sound: Mathew Jinks and Paul Deuth
Composer: Paul Deuth
Editor: Kirsten Leenaars
Participants: Alanis Aranda-Salgado, Iman Fatmi, Hannah Plevin, Grace Elaine Ohlendorf,
Elsa Grace Berner, Javon Amin Barker, Coen T. Kriofske Mainella, Infinity Hopkins, Vittoria Patricia Lucchesi, Ju Hta Paw, Paw Htoo Boe, Paw Boe Say, Rahma Mohamed, Amina Mohammed, Nur Begum, Muhammad Yusof Begum, Mahmud Isa Begum, Rokimah Begum.