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Professor Jennifer Wager’s 2017 film Dare to Dream was recently shown at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The Festival is the largest and longest running Black film festival in the nation.
Dare to Dream has screened at a number of film festivals, including the Newark International Film Festival in 2017.
Professor Wager is coordinator of the College’s Communications, New Media Technology and Digital Media & Electronic Publishing programs.
The film covers the achievements of United States graduates of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM in Spanish). ELAM is one of the largest med schools in the world, graduating nearly 30,000 doctors from more than 100 countries on full scholarships. These graduates are now working as doctors all over the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Some ELAM graduates now head national health ministries, such as in Costa Rica.
The Pan-African Film Festival’s goal is to “present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.”
You can watch the film on Vimeo at: