“There’s a lot of heartache in the thought of not having your flesh and blood in your life. But there’s also a lot of heartache in hiding who you are.” Carla Lopez has come out to her family twice, and each time the rift between the young writer and her parents grew wider. Their conversations became more abstract over the past few years, she says, carefully lacking the rich details of the good and the bad of relationships, career moves, and the exciting development of self-awareness that uniquely occurs for twenty-somethings.
For Pride Month, Lopez and three other undocumented writers recorded their stories for the series “Dreamers Adrift,” an online project that features videos, blog posts, and other visual art reflecting on the experiences of DREAMers—young people who moved here without papers at a young age but have received amnesty under the DREAM Act.
Each writer gently reads their work as artist (and CultureStrike staff member) Julio Salgado adds dimension to their voices by rendering the stories with simple marker on brown paper. The videos, show below, are available at dreamersadrift.com.
“Hairfull of Secrets,” by Carla Lopez:
“Letters to My Family of Displaced Peoples,” by Kemi Bello:
“The Ashes,” by Yosimar Reyes:
“Hum-Undocumented,” by Soultree: