Tomorrow's Gonna Be OK
"Targeted by Donald Trump's policy, Latino kids from underprivileged neighborhoods find a future through skateboarding - which has long been a symbol of street culture, liberation, and expression, now presented in this beautiful film as a powerful social tool, leading a way forward and away from delinquency. ". - Télérama (FR)
This conscientious and ultimately pressing documentary focuses on marginalized Mexican immigrant youth in Los Angeles to elucidate the fragile state of underaged and undereducated immigrants whose basic human concerns remain in the shadows of a public debate dominated by anti-immigration rhetoric, an amounting climate of violence and discrimination.
In light of DACA and status of 'Dreamers' threatened to be revoked by the current administration and the vocal public debate, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into the heart of a desperately-impoverished community continually persecuted by President Trump, often to a perlious degree as recent violence against immigrants suggest. It shows a sobering case-study of grassroots rejuvenation and social activism that recognizes the urgent need for education and emotional guidance in vulnerable communities that could easily digress to criminality for survival and self-worth in a national climate harshly biased against them.
With such communities of Mexican and Central American immigrant youth faced to endure unprecedented discriminatory rhetoric, this plight proves as pressing as ever, especially for the people that the American President calls ‘drug dealers, criminals, and rapists’, undesirables that the president and his followers wish to marginalize further, if not expel completely.
Local resident and ex-convict Jerry, 53 years old, has decided to fight against such dismal fate, by giving hope and constructive determination back to young ‘Latinos’ without a future. In Los Angeles, in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, this ex-convict has created THE GARAGE, a skateboarding school whose main purpose is to encourage a corrective path for education and acceptance. To get in, there’s only one condition: do your homework. Skating is evidently a pretext for creating a support framework, to offer a future to these young kids, aged between 8 and 18 years old, who have been abandoned by their parents and are left as easy-prey for constantly-courting gangs. When they entered through the door of his skateboarding school for the first time, Jerry promised the mall one thing “Don’t worry, tomorrow is gonna be OK”. - This simple suggestion of hope proves deeply impactful in shifting the minds of the neglected, a first step in ultimately shifting the reality for those communities who remain an unrelenting symbol of a global conundrum.
70 Minutes | English, Spanish with English Subtitles.
Directed by: Nan Feix
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