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Often, art makes more sense to humans than real life does. When it’s a story — a film, a dance, a podcast, a play, a painting, a song — we are more apt to understand human complexity better, to become united in our love and support of characters. A single mom is a hero when she’s Fantine or Alice Otter. Toxic masculinity is understood when it’s the literary Okonkwo. Undocumented immigrants crossing the border are cheered when they’re the von Trapps. So maybe, if the stories of the “dreamers” become art, America will be better at loving them, too. That’s what they’re hoping, the ones daring enough to tell their stories. When Gabriel Mata dances about the frustration and fear in his life, t... Full story

18 February