|Cast: ||Jay O. Sanders|
|Crew: ||Executive Producer: Patricia Shih - Associate Producer: Greg Blank - Screenwriter: Patricia Shih - Editors: Patricia Shih, Greg Blank - Composers: Joe Jencks, Jimmy Hammer - Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
A documentary produced by first-time filmmaker Patricia Shih, written from the autobiographical book by the subject Dr. Harold Fernandez. A compelling and inspiring quintessential American Dream story about a young teen from Medellin, Colombia who risked everything to make a treacherous boat voyage across the Bermuda Triangle in hurricane season. He journeyed with his even younger brother to join their parents in the US, from whom they had been separated for years. The family lived in the shadows, constantly in fear of deportation as undocumented immigrants. A story of fear, loss, struggle and ultimately triumph as the boy overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles to strive for his lifelong dream of becoming a cardiac surgeon. Compelling, heart-wrenching and ultimately inspiring.
The issue of immigration is a personal one for Patricia Shih. Her father immigrated from China in 1945, two years after the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, a racist law targeting solely one national group. Even after the repeal, the country limited the migration to 105 Chinese from around the world. Her father's visa was #25. Patricia has been a creative artist in multiple media her entire life, starting at the tender age of 4 when she won her first award in art. At age 12 she wrote her first song; at 15 she signed a recording contract in Washington DC, and at 16 released her first recording. Like Dr. Fernandez, she graduated #1 in her high school class of 535 seniors. Since then she has made her full-time living in the visual and performing arts (music, glass art, portraiture and theatre), and most recently in video. Her artistic strengths, creative sensibilities and storytelling experience shine in her music videos and now in her first documentary. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Academy of Art and Lone Mountain Colleges in San Francisco. She has taught fine art for decades on both coasts, co-hosted a twice-daily talent TV show in New York for a year, recorded 9 albums and written two books about music. Honors include a Woman of Distinction award, a Woman Making a Difference honor, a Social Justice Leadership award, and numerous prestigious honors for her recordings.