Che Apalache is a bluegrass band that knows what rural America is all about.
The band, featuring three powerhouse Latin American musicians (Franco Martino on guitar and Martin Bobrik on mandolin are from Argentina. Banjoist, Pau Barjau, is from Mexico.) and North Carolina native, Joe Troop, looks more like the true rural America than the simple cliches too often portrayed in the media.
Their most recent single from their latest album, “Rearrange My Heart," (produced by famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck) features the story of Moisés Serrano, an openly undocumented and queer DACA recipient and community leader from North Carolina and weaves in elements of true stories of undocumented families in across the state who have been torn apart by deportation.
Watch "The Dreamer,' Che Apalache's latest music video here:
Since coming out as undocumented in 2010, Serrano has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his story. His advocacy has been filmed in the feature length documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America.
Serrano wrote the script and crafted the story for the music video based on real life experiences. The video was shot in and around Hillsborough, North Carolina.
"The song, “The Dreamer”, is for the over one million undocumented youth and DACA recipients who have had to grow up learning how to live and love in a country that is actively trying to deport them," Serrano said. "The music video, The Dreamer is for the millions of undocumented and immigrant families affected by our racist immigration laws."
Recently, Felix Contreras from NPR’s Alt.Latino reviewed the video saying:
“While I was impressed by the song's very moving, real-life story of a DACA recipient from North Carolina ("a true son of the South"), I am moved beyond words by the new video. It's a powerful combination that must be shared.”
Director Matt Durning assembled a team of over 20 local film professionals to create the visually arresting music video, all of whom donated their time, resources, and talents to make the project a success. Two local families who were inspired by these stories were cast portray the young Serrano family in the video’s narrative sequences and all of them delivered shockingly powerful performances.
"For so many of us in the North Carolina film community, this project was an opportunity to use our craft to give back — to hopefully open some hearts and minds and help overcome the intense culture of intolerance that continues to threaten so many of our friends, neighbors and loved ones across the South," Durning said.
Along with the video, Serrano and Che Apalache are encouraging viewers who are moved by this story to take action and support organizations that help undocumented people in North Carolina.
"We hope this video will draw attention to the harsh realities faced by Latin American Immigrants in North Carolina. It is time for us all to stand up for their right to safety and well-being," the band said in a statement.
Che Apalache will perform at the RuralOrganizing.org launch party on November 11, 2019 in Sioux Center, Iowa.