Spring 2019 Programming

Monday, 25 March – Free Screening, Panel Discussion, and Reception
I’M LEAVING NOW (Ya me voy) (Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda, Mexico/USA, 2018, 74 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Felipe has come to a crossroads. After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, he’s decided to return to his wife and the children he hasn’t seen in almost two decades. But when he informs his family of his homecoming, he discovers that they’ve squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the US, continuing to earn.
I’m Leaving Now will be screening as part of Carnegie Hall’s ‘Migrations: The Making of America Festival’ – a citywide program with planned events through the months of March, April, and May.

Screening to be followed by panel with the film’s Directors and Writer, Lindsey Cordero (Director/ Producer); Armando Croda (Director/Producer); Josh Alexander (Writer/Producer), and special guest speaker, Andrew Lim, Director of Quantitative Research at the New American Economy. Moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director, WCPUN and Co-founder/facilitator, INDOCUMENTALES.

Andrew Lim is Director of Quantitative Research at the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE), a bipartisan coalition of business and political leaders working to create smart, sensible immigration policies in cities, states, and nationally. He has more than 8 years of research experience in international migration, integration, and public policy in North America and Europe, through his work with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Susan Jackson Associates, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Andrew holds an MA in urban policy from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris–Sciences Po, and an MSc in regional and urban planning from the London School of Economics. He received his BA from Boston College in international relations and French.

Lindsey Cordero is a Mexican filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Cordero’s work focuses mainly on immigration, survival and identity of undocumented Mexicans living in New York. She is director of the documentary I’M LEAVING NOW (Ya Me Voy) which is world premiering at Hot Docs April, 2018. Cordero is producer of the feature film EN EL SEPTIMO DIA (2017) written and directed by Jim McKay, which had its international at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival and will be released in theaters June, 2018. She worked as additional editor and sound mixer on the documentary feature HAVANA MOTOR CLUB (2015) directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. She is co-director of the TV documentary FIRMES, MEXICANS IN THE BRONX (Nat Geo Latino, 2013) about a group of Mexican undocumented immigrants who left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club in the Bronx, NY. Cordero received the 2015 Princess Grace Film Honorarium for her film I’M LEAVING NOW (Ya Me Voy) . She holds a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and an MFA at from the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Armando Croda (Director/Producer/Editor) is originally from Mexico, he has been working in art and film in the US, Europe and Mexico for the past 15 years. He edited “Out of Many, One” (2018) for Netflix by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang. He co-directed his documentary “I’m Leaving Now (Ya me voy)” at Hot Docs 2018. He edited the documentary “Jay Myself” (2018) on the iconic New York City photographer Jay Maisel. He edited the three channel documentary “Two Meetings and a Funeral“ (2017) by Naeem Mohaiemen. He edited the feature documentary “Samantha and her Amazing Acrocats” (2017) by Jacob Fiering.  He was additional cinematographer and editor of the documentary “Havana Motor Club” (2015) by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, about Cuba’s top drag racers and their quest to hold the first official race since the revolution that premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-director, cinematographer and editor of the tv documentary “Firmes, Mexicans in the Bronx” (2013) for Nat Geo Latino, about undocumented Immigrants who have left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club on the East Coast. Armando also completed the feature film, “Victorio” (2008) as co-director and editor, which was awarded Opera Prima at the Guanajuato Film Festival, and screened in various festivals in Europe and Latin America, including Valencia, Huelva, St. Petersburg, Havana and selected for the Human Right competition in Bilbao film festival.

Josh Alexander (Director/Producer) is one of the founders of Group Effort Films. He most recently wrote Stephen Wilkes documentary JAY MYSELF about the legendary NYC photographer Jay Maisel and which premiered at DOC NYC in November, 2018. He co-Executive Produced UNITED SKATES, which won the Audience Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by HBO. The film was recently nominated for the IDA Awards.  He also recently wrote and produced I’M LEAVING NOW/Ya Me Voy (Hot Docs, Doc NYC, Jury Special Mention @ Morelia and Jury Award @ DocsMX) which was acquired by The Cinema Guild for release in 2019. Previous credits: Josh wrote CNN Films THE REAGAN SHOW which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theatres in June, 2017 and broadcast on CNN.  THE REAGAN SHOW was nominated for the 2017 Critics Choice Award for Best Political Documentary and the Cinema Eye Honors for Best Editing. He wrote and co-directed the documentary PRESCRIPTION THUGS which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He wrote and produced acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub’s debut documentary SOUTHERN RITES, which premiered on HBO in May 2015. Josh was nominated for The Humanitas Prize in 2016 for his writing on that film. He was a consulting producer on Michael Lessac’s multiple-award winning documentary A SNAKE GIVES BIRTH TO A SNAKE; and wrote and produced the award-winning, Sarah Jessica Parker executive-produced documentary PRETTY OLD, which was released in 2014. In the fiction world, Josh co-executive produced the Alan Bates film SINS OF A FATHER and he wrote, produced and starred in BACKSEAT, winner of the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival and released by Truly Indie in 2008. He is currently writing on Cara Jone’s archival-driven film BLESSED CHILD about her childhood growing up in The Unification Church, more commonly known as “The Moonies.” Josh has written two screenplays with the noted novelist Beverly Coyle and has numerous other documentaries, fiction features and television projects in various stages of development.

Saturday, 27 April
THE UNAFRAID (Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, USA, 2018, 87 mins. In English and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles)
The Unafraid is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. The Unafraid shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. Trailer
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers:
Celso Perez: Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). His practice includes litigation and advocacy relating to the enforcement of immigration law. Prior to joining IRP, he was an associate attorney at Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt, one of the country’s top immigration practices. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Perez was also a fellow at Human Rights Watch, where his work focused on abuses related to immigration and nationality law in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Perez is a graduate of Boston College and the Yale Law School. 
Andres Guerrero: President, Mexican Student Association (MexSA). Andres is in his final semester at New York University. In May, he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science. An Anaheim, California native, his deep-seated love for his local community has led him to internships with the Mayor’s office at Anaheim City Hall and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project in Sacramento. Under his tenure and with the help of his fellow team members, MexSA was awarded a 2018 NYU President’s Service Award for its commitment to working with local grassroots organizations that advocate for vulnerable and marginalized communities. 
Panel moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director, WCPUN; Co-founder What Moves You? & INDOCUMENTALES


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Fall 2018 Programming

For the fall of 2018, INDOCUMENTALES is proud to present two films that focus on immigrant experiences in New York City:

David Riker’s critically-acclaimed film La Ciudad (1998) on November 15th, followed by Jim McKay’s most recent feature En El Séptimo Día (2018) on November 27th.

Twenty years between their releases, the films portray experiences of Latin American migrants in New York. The series is free and open to the public. Screenings, discussions and receptions bring together filmmakers, scholars, activists, policy makers, and community representatives concerned with the fortification of immigrant rights.

Please join us at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center:

Thursday, November 15th, 6:00 pm – La Ciudad and discussion on NYC perspectives on immigration, past and present, with filmmaker, David Riker, and Rev. Schuyler Vogel, Senior Minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, moderated by WCPUN Executive Director, Shamina de Gonzaga.


Tuesday, November 27th, 6:00 pm – En El Séptimo Día with opening remarks by New York City Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and discussion with filmmaker, Jim McKay, New York Immigration Coalition representative Kemah George, moderated by WCPUN Executive Director, Shamina de Gonzaga.

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