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Despite the difficulties, for the Valcin sisters the telenovela was a very special learning experience: “The day we saw the river scene, I thought: ‘It’s huge, all the things the migrants have gone through to get here’. If a person doesn’t tell you, you’re not going to know that … It’s an accomplishment and a lesson that I’m going to take away, because I didn’t know they had gone through all that, it will be something I carry in my heart,” says Jessica.

“It was fun to work and learn about wardrobe and hairstyling. It was nice to see everyone, with their own rhythm and personality, living their characters in the play. Every time we left a place, to see the achievement and that every part of the script is real,” says Jesse, a psychology student who, along with her sister, supports Haitians by providing information on immigration regularization and teaching them Spanish.

For Katherine, a young Honduran woman, it was also a very important learning experience. “I began to love the project because I knew that what I was doing was the story that someone else had gone through…. I saw myself reflected, it turns out that a part of me was there. In the end I think we all, including the families, learned something.”

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