In the first episode of PBS American Portrait, self-shot stories explore the meaning and state of the American dream. From the desire for homeownership to ambitions for higher ed or career success, they show the hard work, opportunities and barriers that come with pursuing this ideal today.
People across their country share their stories of coming to the United States.
Mahsa prepares to take the MCAT, hoping to get into her dream neurology program at NYU.
Gunnar, a pilot, has decided to pursue his dream of running his own airline in Alaska.
Tyler and Bre are a couple committed to achieving their white picket fence dreams.
People across America share their dreams of achieving fame.
A wrestler and his family make sacrifices to support his dream of going pro.