Don’t Cost Nothin’ To Dream

5 Feb

Besides the fact that it’s a great way to be up in other people’s business inconspicuously, Facebook also occasionally leads me to exciting discoveries. Take, for instance, this trailer on Don’t Cost Nothin’ To Dream, a film about “young people  who are using music as a form of cultural and political resistance on the grassroots community level to create hope, change and a future.”

I had no idea that there was a community of English-speaking, Caribbean-sounding folk in Nicaragua and was pulled in immediately upon watching the trailer. I contacted the creator, Kathy Bisbee, for more information, and she mentioned that they were trying to set up music exchanges between some of the youth in the video and international artists. They expect to finish the film this year (there are a couple more trips to Cuba and Nicaragua to follow up on the progress of the youth) and they are currently looking opportunities to screen the doc.

A sound studio has been built to support their continuing education and development. If you’d like to support this project, please contact View the trailer and synopsis below.


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Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream documents the stories of street youth in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala and in the US over two years as they overcome poverty, racism, government repression, censorship, fear, drugs and AIDS through community organizing, self-determination, and by making their voices heard through the music that expresses their struggles, hope, strength, and dreams.

Through exploring cultural and personal identity, and building community consciousness, these youth are creating small yet powerful changes within their neighborhoods. In the way they write songs, sing their lyrics and perform, they make sense of their personal and collective histories as well as their day-to-day realities.


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