APTP company members in TRUST immigrated (or their parents have immigrated) from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, India, Vietnam Afghanistan, and Samoa. Their neighborhood, Albany Park mirrors America: approximately 26.3 million immigrants now live in the United States – the largest number recorded in the nation’s history and a 33% increase over 1990. In the U.S. 1 in 5 children is either an immigrant or has an immigrant parent. As immigrants transform many American communities, it becomes important to look at how our society supports and empowers this new generation of citizens. By exploring how APTP’s original, activist productions encourage company members to overcome obstacles and foster cross-cultural conversations that transcend race, ethnicity, age and geography, TRUST shows the art of theater as a powerful tool in the work of immigrant integration.
“Given the current climate towards immigrants, the film helps us all gain a better appreciation of the significant challenges (and in some cases deep psychological wounds) experienced by immigrant youth. Yet, the film also shares brave narratives of triumph over adversity.”
Carlos A. Fernandez, Ph.D Director, Center for Latino Arts and Culture Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“It is a wonderful film and one that many in our community can relate to.”
Sylvia Flores, Sexual Assault Services and Information Advocate Coordinator, SCAN, Inc. (Serving Children and Adults in Need)