Empire of Dreams

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 6:30 pm

Screening of “Empire of Dreams” followed by Panel Discussion with Special Guest Speakers, Author and Reporter, Juan Gonzalez, and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Executive Director for Legal Initiatives, Maribel Hernandez Rivera
From the PBS Series “Latino Americans,” Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) describes how widespread immigration to the U.S. from Latin countries begins – first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico. Both flee chaos and violence in their home country and are attracted by opportunities in the United States. In 1898, the U.S. helps liberate Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain but then seizes Puerto Rico as its colony. The first Puerto Rican arrivals (now U.S. citizens) establish a network in New York.
During the 1920s, immigration is encouraged with the expanding U.S. economy. Mexicans and Mexican Americans build a thriving community in Los Angeles and look forward to a bright future. But when the economic boom of the 1920s ends with the catastrophic Depression of the thirties, the pendulum swings. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 20s are deported en masse in the 30s. http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/

Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Screening and Panel Discussion with Guest speakers: Vinicius Pinheiro, International Labor Organization (ILO), Mahoma López, Laundry Workers Center, Hot & Crusty Workers Association; Jennifer Berg,  NYU Graduate Food Studies ; Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick, The Hand That Feeds



A film by Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick (USA, 2014, 84 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles) At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again. Official Website: http://thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/

Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012 – See more at: http://clacs.as.nyu.edu/object/clacs.events.special.102015#sthash.oRqLmrFB.dpuf

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Of Kites and Borders


A film by Yolanda Pividal, US/México/Spain, 2013

Friday, April 10th, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s director Yolanda Pividal, Diana Delgado from the Coalition of Hispanic Families, and Gala Narezo of what moves you?

Of Kites and Borderstells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out working in the maquilas (assembly plants). Carmela is a nine-year old who knows more about work in the city’s dumps than about fairy tales ­ yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. And brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family – all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican luchadores.

This event is free and open to the public. ID required for entry.

– See more at: http://clacs.as.nyu.edu/object/clacs.events.special.041015#sthash.9QJJaDmZ.dpuf

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Cesar’s Last Fast

Directed by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee, USA, 2014, 100 min.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 6:30 p.m.                                                                            KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012                                This event is free and open to the public. ID required for entry.

An official section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez’s 1988, “Fast for Life.” The thirty-six day water only fast was meant to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of pesticide use on farm workers. The documentary features never-before-seen footage along with interviews with those closest to Chavez, including co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta. The film is a compelling look at the impact of Chavez and the UFW’s legacy and the ongoing struggle to guarantee the humane treatment of America’s farm workers—a fight that remains as relevant as ever.

Screening followed by a panel discussion with special guests.

RSVP Link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/indocumentales-cesars-last-fast-rescheduled-tickets-15803001202?ref=ebtn

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMr-LnEwai0

Film website http://cesarslastfast.com/

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A film by Bernardo Ruiz (USA, 2013, 60min.)

Monday, May 12, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU, Auditorium
53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan Sts.)
Free and Open to the Public. Picture ID required at the entrance.

The Graduates

The Graduates, from Bernardo Ruiz explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

Presented in two parts, the film follows six teenagers — three girls and three boys — each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. Part II, “Boys” follows three more teenagers: Juan, a Dominican living in Lawrence, Massachusetts who was bullied as a gay teen until finding his own identity as a performer and writer; Eduardo from San Diego, who is steered away from the gang path when introduced to a special college prep organization that changes his outlook; and Gustavo, who came to America from Mexico to live in the very different environment of Georgia and whose dreams of college are blocked by his undocumented status.

A panel discussion with special guests will follow the screening.

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Join us for a screening of THE STATE OF ARIZONA

A film by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini


USA, 2014, 90min.

 Monday, April 28, 6pm

King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU, Auditorium

53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan street) NYC
Free and Open to the Public. Picture ID.

 Followed by a discussion with the Directors

Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini


and Guest Speakers:

 Richard André,

Policy manager, co-director, Immigration and Integration Initiative, Americas Society/Council of the Americas


Phil Reller,

Senior Minister, United Church of Christ


Thanu Yakupitiyage,

Communications Coordinator, New York Immigration Coalition


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Indocumentales premieres in Mexico with a screening of Elvira by Javier Solórzano Casarin at the University Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro

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Join us on July 10, 2013 for a screening of Two Americans

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what moves you? and Indocumentales are pleased to join the Council of the Americas in presenting Two Americans, a gripping documentary by Daniel DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez, that follows the story of two Americans at the center of Arizona’s immigration battle- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9 year old girl whose parents were arrested in one of Sheriff Arpaio’s immigration raids.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and invited guests.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AS/COA – 680 Park Avenue (Northwest corner of 68th Street), New York, NY

The event is complementary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.


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Join us Friday May 10th for a screening of Elvira, by Javier Solórzano Casarin at John Jay College

Still from “ELVIRA,” a film by Javier Solórzano Casarín, Mexico, 65 min. 2009

Still from “ELVIRA,” a film by Javier Solórzano Casarín, Mexico, 65 min. 2009

Indocumentales is pleased to co-present Elvira followed by a discussion with invited guests

Friday May 10, 2013
5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
John Jay College
Room L46
524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

In conjunction with the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies’ Annual Conference
“Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration”

RSVP at http://elvira.eventbrite.com

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The Sixth Section Movie Presentation at Tumbleweed :: Phoenix, AZ

On August 1, 2012, the Indocumentales-Tumbleweed film series showed The Sixth Section by Alex Rivera. As the fourth and final film in this series, viewers appreciated seeing this positive story for the finale. The glimpse into migrant workers starting their own hometown association to support their pueblo back home, provided a powerful example of what it means to be a humanitarian and continuously give back to your community despite distance and stereotypes. The audience expressed that they were particularly surprised by the selflessness of Grupo Unión – going door to door to fundraise, meeting in a makeshift tent in the bitter cold, and continuously taking on projects one after another. One participant questioned why there were no females in the hometown association. This observation lead to a few theories as to how the women might be linked into this story even though they were not shown much.

Overall, the staff was very appreciative that this Indocumentales series was brought to Tumbleweed. Here are a few comments from the participants on the last day:

Which film(s) did you enjoy the most and why?

“I enjoyed all of the movies, but mostly Los Que Se Quedan. It brought me back to my childhood and the way I grew up.” – Lupe Najera, START and Greenhouse Project Case Manager

“The thing I loved most about all of the films that I saw was the way the filmmakers brought the stories of these people to life. Instead of lumping them all together, they showed individual views of an issue that affects millions.” – Erin Garner, Young Adult Program Clinician

What was your impression of immigration before seeing these films? How do you view immigration differently after seeing these films?

“Abstractly, I knew the hardships of getting here, but seeing the danger and risks as our young folks face to follow their dreams was truly enlightening. I am still talking about Which Way Home. I wish we could make everyone who works here see it.” – Gail Loose, Tumbleweed Program Manager.

“My impression prior to seeing the film was that all the fuss going on including the SB1070 law is all pretty stupid. My views have not changed with these films. In fact, they’re probably stronger.” – Maria Plummer, Greenhouse Program Case Manager and Young Adult Program Youth Care Worker

“My views were honestly negative because my family came here legally and I felt it wasn’t fair specifically for Latino immigrants. After watching these films and having discussions, it showed me that the process isn’t the same for migrants from Mexico. I feel completely different and empathetic for these groups of people just trying to support their families.” –Jordanne Lynn Dempster, Tempe Youth Resource Center Youth Care Worker

How has the film series helped you become more educated about the population Casa de Sueños serves? After seeing these documentaries, will you approach your job differently?

“I’m a little more educated, but definitely not educated enough. Having a non-judgmental attitude is one thing, but I’m still ignorant about resources that can help non-papered people achieve their goals. Especially if that involves citizenship.” – Deseure DeBerry, Phoenix Youth Resource Center Youth Care Worker

“These movies inspired me and helped me understand more fully the importance of offering opportunities for the youth to express themselves through active participation in our program and to listen to their needs, as they may be different from our own. This way the program can continue to grow in its capacity to serve other youth.” –Alfonso Ramirez, Casa de Sueños ORR Program Director

“Having family who are illegal and parents who immigrated to the U.S., I understand the issue and love that the movies show the struggle and the reasons why people come to the U.S. I can work on improving my job by being more supportive and encouraging to the youth we serve.” –Estrellita Alvarado, Casa de Sueños Youth Care Worker

Posted by Lindy Drew, Team Coordinator, Casa de Sueños, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development

Photo credit: http://www.pbs.org/pov/thesixthsection/

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