DREAMTOWN \ 75 min \ Ecuador

DreamTown is a documentary about the precarious dream of a young Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it to the professional leagues, and eventually sees his dreams become reality. This coming-of-age story follows Anibal over the span of six years, from the youth minor leagues until he secures a place on Ecuador's First Division team, ranking among the country's top 10 players at the young age of 17.


Best Film Jury Award - EFFNY Ecuadorian Film Festival NY Premiere; Best Film - Latino Iberian & Latino Film Festival, Yale University; EDOC Cine Documental Encuentros del Otro Cine: Ecuadorian Premiere; AMDOC Los Angeles Premiere; Reel Sisters Film Festival; Honorable Mention - 35th Milano International FICTS Fest; 11mm International Football Festival; Afro-Latino Film Festival

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Betty Bastidas

Betty is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, educator and mom. She was born in Ecuador and came to the United States at the age of nine. As an immigrant child, Betty found in the camera a tool to explore and understand her new surroundings, and to navigate the two cultures in which she found herself sandwiched—American and Latino.

Her most recent short film, Can’t Hold Me Back was executive produced by ITVS and is set to broadcast on PBS in the fall. She is currently co-producing and co-directing New American Girls for Latino Public Broadcast and directing DreamTown, her first international soccer feature film that has garnered the 2010 HBO/NALIP Documentary award, and a short version was published on PBS’s Frontline/World| Stories from Another Planet. She has exhibited internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2008 NALAC Fund for the Arts, the 2006 Photography Fellowship from NYFA among others. A graduate of New York University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Betty holds a B.S. in Marketing and an M.A. in Journalism and Documentary Studies. You can find her spending time with her son Santiago in Brooklyn.

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