by Olivia Decelles
Drake University invited cross-country runner Carlos Ibarra to share his journey of running across America to discover the truth behind the American Dream.
Running over a total of 2,900 miles, filmmaker and producer Carlos Ibarra traveled from New York to California in a span of 72 days. With his crew of six, they created a documentary series, “Run Carlos Run”, filming Ibarra’s journey and the people they met along the way.
“This was an investigation of trying to figure out what the American Dream means to everyone.” Ibarra said. “For me, I was on a personal journey to find out what the American Dream was to me.”
Ibarra is a Mexican immigrant and came to America when he was four years old. He got the idea of creating this project after the U.S. Government would not let him renew his visa and he only had three months left in America. Right before his journey, however, the U.S. Government did decide to grant him another visa, but that didn’t change the fact that he needed to complete his vision.
“It wasn’t easy. Everyday I was like this is the dumbest decision I’ve ever made.” Ibarra said.
Despite these setbacks Ibarra was still able to push through and execute his vision. In a storyteller format he combined the stories of people he met across the country to showcase what the American Dream means to everyone.
This storytelling style of his documentary resonated with some journalism students who attended the event.
First year Jenna Cornick said, “I love the storytelling aspect that went beyond a story. It was really like showing other people the world.”
Carlos Ibarra is inspiring not only to future journalists but also those who wish to accomplish their dreams. According to Ibarra’s website, through his journey he was able to raise awareness and money for a few organizations that help underserved youth accomplish their dreams.