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Making the Impossible Possible

This film tells the story of the student led struggle to win Puerto Rican Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY in the late 1960’s.

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There are lessons about organizing that are needed at this critical moment. This film hit at the heart of why we need ethnic studies and they – these young PR pioneers - were at the helm in the 1960’s. Palante!

Blanca VazquezHunter Adjunct Professor, PSC CUNY Executive BD

What a powerful film! I'm so honored to know this legacy through all of your stories. Thanks for the inspiration.

Dr. Anna Ortega-WilliamsAsst. Professor, Hunter College

I am blown away by the subject. In very short time you conveyed an amazing story beautiful and accessibly.

Katherine T. AceyDirector of Strategic Collaborations, GRIOT Circle

It was wonderful to spend 35 minutes bearing witness to the Puerto Rican struggle.

Lyn GoldfarbFilmmaker

Fantastic film! The formation of the Puerto Rican Studies Department at Brooklyn College became the model for similar critical curricula adopted by Universities and Colleges around the U.S., some of which remain in place today because of the activists and scholars captured in this film.

Michelle MaterreFounder and Director, Creatively Speaking

A deeply moving film on a interesting and not widely known struggle. You wove together a wonderful and inspiring story! Beautifully filmed and edited Super informative!

Norm CowieFilmmaker/Educator

Wow! The energy, the pacing, the archival photos and footage, and the storytelling and storytellers! It teaches and inspires and underlines how important it is to know always the roots of our activism and our victories—on whose shoulders we stand.

Elena Schwolsky, RNAuthor and Educator

Fantastic Film … a beauty with all that spirit and wow what a history!

Jane Gold, LCSW-R

What a FABULOUS film!! I was blown away, uplifted, taken back to the amazing spirit of those times and encouraged by how learning about it can fire up the young movements of today. Most of all, the unbreakable bonds between Blacks and Puerto Ricans and students and faculty should be the big takeaway here, along with la lutta continua, never give up.

Rosalind PetcheskyDistinguished Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, City University of New York

Excellent. What amazing archival footage. The film helps contextualize what's happening at CUNY now!

Jillian M. Báez, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Hunter College, CUNY


MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE, a 33-minute production of the Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment (APREE), tells the story of the student led struggle to win Puerto Rican Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY in the late 1960’s. Puerto Rican, African American and other progressive students forged a powerful alliance and together changed the face of higher education with the founding of one of the first Puerto Rican Studies departments in the nation.

“The stories within the film awaken a new sense of self while inviting us to recognize our own collective strengths.”, explains Co-Producer Gisely Colón López. “Puerto Rican history contributes to transformational and equitable changes within many sectors of society.”

  • Distributor: Third World News Reel
  • Year: 2021
  • Country and Language: US – English/Spanish Subtitles
  • Length: 33 minutes
  • Color: Color/BW


  • Directors: Tami Goldand and Pam Sporn
  • Producers: Gisely Colón López, Tami Gold, Pam Sporn
  • Editors: Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez and Pam Sporn
  • Featuring Music: Arturo O’Farrill, Oscar Hernández and BombaYo


  • Big Muddy Film Festival
  • Global Peace Film Festival
  • Portland Film Festival
  • International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival
  • Black Panther Film Festival at Maysles Cinema
  • Workers Unite! Film Festival
  • Mayday Space Film Festival
  • LASA Festival de Cine
  • Harlem International Film Festival
  • Queens World Film Festival
  • Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Vieques
  • New York Latino Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival