Andres A. Parra
"As a filmmaker who grew up in Venezuela and became an American Citizen, I’ve always wanted to work on a project that raises awareness about the lives of the Latino community. Johana’s story is very near to my heart because I grew up with Blanca, Johana’s mother, as next-door neighbors back in Venezuela. I got to see Johana grow up into a bright young woman who, despite her determination, couldn’t fulfill her dreams of becoming a doctor. But through DACA, Johana was given the chance to finally go after her dream. Her story was so inspiring to me, personally, that I knew it had to be shared. And that's why I’m making this movie...to tell Johana's story"
-Andrés A. Parra
Andrés grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States to study film and video production. During the past twenty years, he has built an award winning video and live-events production company in Minneapolis/St Paul that is known for a personable look that captures the essence, beauty and soul of his subjects. Whether in the safety of a Fortune 500 corporate office or in far-flung locations around the world, Andrés has been there. He has developed an excellent reputation, based on the impeccable service he provides his clients. Andrés has received international recognition for his work including a Gold and Bronze Medal from The New York Festivals, a Telly award, the Silver Cindy award, a Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival award, and top honors at the 1997 ITVA National for his work as Director of Photography for the documentary short, "Bertha Iron Boy".