(52 min) Mexico/US

WEDNESDAY 10/23 4:00 PM (SESSION 14)

Director: Theo Rigby
Producers: Rebekah Fergusson, Theo Rigby


Waking Dream weaves together the stories of six undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has provided nearly 800,000 undocumented young people a chance to work legally, go to college, start businesses, and pursue the “American Dream.” After DACA is rescinded, Waking Dream follows the unfolding fate of six of these young people as they fight for legal status in the US, struggle with the deportation of family members, and pursue their dreams in a country that is trying harder and harder to push them out. They know their fate must go one direction and they are fighting for their future in America.


Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller. He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to incarceration, and most recently immigration in the US. Theo’s last project, Immigrant Nation (iNation), is a series of short films about immigration in the US including The Caretaker, The Mayor, and Marathon, as well as an online storytelling platform, and series of live storytelling events. iNation has been showcased on The New York Times, Nationally broadcast on PBS, shown at Ellis Island, the 2014 New York Film Festival, and 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, as well as a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant. His film, Sin País (Without Country), won a Student Academy Award, has screened in over thirty film festivals, and was nationally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Documentary Series, POV. His short film, Close to Home, was a National Finalist in the Student Academy Awards, won a Golden Eagle Award. Theo graduated with a MFA in documentary film from Stanford University and before making films was an award-winning photojournalist working for major newspapers and magazines around the world.

Contact information:

w: inationmedia.com/waking-dream/ 
e: inationmedia.com/about/ 

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