Documenting DACA

PCC instructor plans student-based project


The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been under a lot these last couple of years.

Now more than ever, President Donald Trump wants to take the program away for good. Many people have been fighting and standing up for what they believe in to keep the program going.

Bret Primack, an instructor at Pima Community College, decided to start working on a documentary about DACA.

“I’m going to use my talents, my abilities to make a documentary to tell people what’s happening,” Primack said.

Primack said the documentary will address what DACA is, the students, and the problems that they are undergoing. He decided he wanted to inform people in the Tucson community.

According to Primack, on the first day of school, he asks students to introduce themselves and what they want to do with their life.

He remembered a student in his class who said, “I am a DACA student; I don’t know what my future holds.”

“DACA students are very hard-working people,” he said.

That’s when Primack realized that he needed to make a documentary about DACA. He plans to create the documentary with his students to better tell and present DACA student stories. When he asked the chancellor and the administration about the idea, they were all on board.

He hopes to have it done by next spring or sooner and wants to make it one hour long. He is not sure where exactly he will shoot the documentary, for now he is just interviewing as many DACA students and their families if possible that are willing to share their stories as well as non-DACA students to get their opinion on the situation.

Primack wants both positive and negative opinions about the situation and plans to use social media, such as twitter and facebook to show his audience what people say online about DACA.

As for the budget wise, he will be using all what Pima has to offer, such as cameras and equipment to be able to do the documentary. That will be free and easy access for him and his students. After the film is done, he plans on putting the documentary on Netflix, Amazon Prime, PBS (channel 6) and Youtube. Primack wants to raise about $10,000-$15,000 to distribute the film.

Primack wants as many people to see it and wants this documentary to be able to educate people about DACA as much as possible.

“I have to use my platform to do something meaningful,” he said. “I have to do it, I want to use what I have and make a change in this world.”

Photo by VANESSA BARNETT, Bret Primack

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