One San Antonio immigrant is sharing her family’s epic story with the world.
“It’s not where you’re born. It’s where you’re happy. And where your kids live and where the people that you love live. That’s your home,” says Sandra Arana.
For Sandra, “home” is San Antonio. But it hasn’t always been that way.
“We had to fight the revolution that we had in Nicaragua. We planned to come here for just a few years,” she recalls.
Sandra was born in Nicaragua. Her family was forced to flee after the country’s civil war.
“It was so traumatic for me and my kids,” she says. “One day they surround my house. With big machine guns.”
The United States granted her family political asylum in the 1980’s. While immigrating gave them safety, a job was much harder to find. Especially as an immigrant.
“It was a lot of work, a lot of struggle, a lot of tears,” Sandra remembers.
The family didn’t have much. But one thing they did have - videos from Nicaragua. Sandra still watches them, often from a hammock she has hung in her home.
Because Sandra’s kids were so young when they moved, they have learned a lot about their family history from these old mementos. At a young age, the children knew that the world needed to hear their mother’s story.
“It’s been a nagging thing in the back of my head, maybe since I was 13 or 14, like ‘you need to tell your story’” says Sandra's youngest daughter, Renelinda.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the only way to tell a story is through film. The family has spent the last seven years creating the documentary, “Sandra’s Revolution.” It was directed by Renelinda and narrated by Sandra. The film is a tribute to the Arana family’s struggles and success, but they say it’s more than just a feel-good story.
“This is a positive immigrant story to contradict all the negatives,” says Renelinda. “She has 4 kids who adore her, we’re all in healthy relationships and we all live within 5 miles from each other because we love each other so much.”
To watch the full documentary, visit https://www.freakishfilms.com/sandra.