NALIP/WORLD Shorts: The Smallest Step

About This Episode

The Smallest Step is a short film series about the unique journeys of three inspiring individuals of color, and the adversity they overcame on the path toward higher education.

The Smallest Step: Alberto
Born to undocumented parents, Alberto thought that college was an impossible dream. This all changed when he was inspired to run a marathon. He then applied the passion and discipline he had for running, and used those same skills to achieve success in the classroom. Now a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he is the first in his family to attend college.

The Smallest Step: Camara
For Camara, a safe space does not exist. He is the target of violence at his Brooklyn high school and his home -- forcing Camara to run away with only the books on his back. At Camara’s breaking point, his history teacher intervenes. What makes all the difference to a teenager? It just begins with the smallest step.

The Smallest Step: Gabby
At the age of 15, Gabby faced the unthinkable. Her mother had just been deported, and she was left to survive all by herself. Juggling school, rent, and bills, she found solace in the arts, turning her home into her own studio. Finally, she got in touch with a distant aunt, who took her in. Gabby now works as an actress, activist, and educator for survivors of trauma in NYC.

About the Filmmaker: William D. Caballero is a NYC/NJ-based filmmaker, composer, and multimedia storyteller. One of his first professional projects was American Dreams Deferred, an autobiographical documentary about the diverse health, financial, and social difficulties facing his Puerto Rican-American family. This film, which was featured on WORLD's docu-series America ReFramed, was selected for the NALIP Latino Producers Academy, eventually receiving the first annual HBO-NALIP Documentary grant.

About the Shorts: The NALIP/WORLD Shorts are a digital video project from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and WORLD Channel in support of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).