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. RSVP November 15 La Ciudad


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.

Untitled 2

Posted in posts

FREE LIKE THE BIRDS, by Paola Mendoza, and SIN PAÍS, by Theo Rigby

Indocumentales.pngMonday, 03 April, 6:30 p.m

Indocumentales is pleased to present two short films FREE LIKE THE BIRDS, by Paola Mendoza, and SIN PAÍS / WITHOUT A COUNTRY, by Theo Rigby, documenting experiences related to deportation and the family. Following the screenings, participants will be invited to an interactive discussion on Addressing family separation; the role of film and of faith-based communities, featuring guest speakers, Director Paola Mendoza, named by Filmmaker Magazine among the New Faces of Independent Film, and Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, Founder, New Sanctuary Coalition movement.

The event is held at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. RSVP

Posted in posts

Chicago Boys

chicagoboysMonday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

The first installment in 2017 of the Indocumentales film and conversation series about migration will be presenting award-winning documentary film by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano  Chicago Boys: After the 1973 coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power, a group of Chilean economists were given the power to turn Chile into a laboratory for the world’s most radical neo-liberal experiments….

Following the screening, an interactive discussion with guest speakers, Paul Hoeffel and Marcial Godoy, will examine the connection between economic policies and migration historically and in the present day.

Marcial Godoy-Anativia is a sociocultural anthropologist and the Managing Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. He is co-editor, with Zeynep Gambetti, of Rhetorics of Insecurity: Belonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era (NYU Press, 2013). He is also Editor, with Jill Lane, of e-misférica, the Institute’s trilingual online journal. From 2000-2007, he worked in the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Program on International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council. His publications include “Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Middle East Studies in the Aftermath of 9/11,” “We Are Living in a Time of Pillage: A Conversation with Carlos Monsiváis,” and Ciudades Translocales: Espacios, flujo, representación—Perspectivas desde las Américas, co-edited with Rossana Reguillo (ITESO, 2005). In 2003, he co-edited a special issue of Estudios migratorios latinoamericanos, entitled “Los flujos translocales en las Américas.” Marcial also serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).

Paul Hoeffel is currently the Director of the New York-based Rain Barrel Communications, a consultancy focused on development and social justice issues. Beginning in Chile during the popular movement of Salvador Allende, Paul worked for several years as a correspondent in Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined the United Nations in the 1983, and left the Organization in 2007 after serving as Director of the UN Information Centre in Mexico. He joined the cabinet of former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto, during his presidency of the General Assembly in 2008/9 serving as his speechwriter and communications advisor.  Paul recently returned to New York after working for five years in South Africa. rainbarrelcommunications.com


Posted in posts

Food Chains

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.  at KJCC, Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. For more information on the film, click here.

Interactive discussion with guest speakers to follow.
Posted in posts

Free Screening of “Habla y Vota”

Free Screening of “Habla y Vota”

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.The Screening is followed by an Interactive Discussion with Special Guests: Comedian Gabe Gonzalez, Director Alberto Ferreras, Producer Trina BarduscoKJCC, Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012


Posted in posts

Free Screening of THE NEW LATINOS Wednesday 1/27

THE NEW LATINOS (1946 – 1965) unnamed
(2014, 52 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
Wednesday, January 27, 7pm RSVP
Teatro SEA at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey), New York City
Free and Open to the Public.
Until World War II, Latino immigration to the United States was overwhelmingly Mexican-American. Now three new waves bring large-scale immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. As the Puerto Rican government implements a historic overhaul over a million Puerto Ricans are encouraged to leave for the US mainland, to alleviate the economic pressure. A young Juanita Sanabria arrives in New York, works hard in the garment district, but encounters hostility and discrimination. Ethnic tensions explode in youth gang warfare depicted in films like West Side Story, etching the stereotype of the knife wielding Puerto Rican in the American consciousness. Official Website
Screening followed by a discussion with Dr. Manuel Moran, Clemente Board Chair
and Artistic Director of Teatro SEA , and filmmaker Nina Álvarez.

Posted in posts

La Jaula de Oro

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm
KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012
Free Screening of La Jaula de Oro and an interactive discussion with a focus on the immigration experiences of Indigenous Peoples with Amalia Córdova, indigenous film scholar and Assistant Director at CLACS, and Daniel Kaufman, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance in New York.
Reception to follow. RSVP

About the film: With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez). Starring an impressive ensemble cast of non-professional actors, La Jaula de Oro is the story of three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the U.S. in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil kid from Chiapas who doesn’t speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality. An urgent and timely drama that reflects the plight of migrants as they cross Mexico in their way to search for the American dream, La Jaula de Oro is a powerful and lyrical film that presents a humane and fresh take on contemporary reality, and secures Quemada-Diez as a filmmaker to follow.

Posted in posts

Empire of Dreams

NAD-2004.0138.06.31 (400dpi)

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

Posted in posts | 1 Comment


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

Posted in posts

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

Posted in posts | Tagged , , , , , ,