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Short film documents the impact of deferred action program

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Kofi Biney

http://www.youtube.com/embed/zhXiTN4CJTQ The Philadelphia Storytelling Project, along with the Philadelphia Deferred Action Network, has produced an eight-minute video about the local impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an initiative that provides each eligible immigrant a work permit, a Social Security number, and safety from deportation.

The video, titled We Are DACA, tells the story of five young immigrants and their experiences as previously undocumented youth living in Philadelphia. Produced by Mark Lyons of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project and photographer Harvey Finkle (who also shoots photographs for the Notebook), We Are DACA was entered into the first annual Philadelphia DoGooder Awards.

The competition, which highlights nonprofit filmmaking, runs through Jan. 31. Community members can vote for a video once daily. The contest winner will receive funding to continue their work.

Kofi Biney is an intern at the Notebook.

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