INDOCUMENTALES began in May of 2010 as Indocumentales: the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series with screenings and panel discussions at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and other venues throughout the five boroughs including the Americas Society and Cervantes Institute in Midtown Manhattan, the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, the Casita Maria Center for the Arts in the Bronx, the Beacon Center for the Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the Queens Museum in Corona, New York. It since traveled across the U.S., as well as to Mexico and Canada, engaging diverse communities in reflecting on their relationship to the questions posed in the films. Founded by art and storytelling collaborative What Moves You? with Cinema Tropical, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University, the series has also partnered with other organizations such as the Mexican Cultural Institute, the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, and a vast array of host sites representing schools, non-profits, and community organizations. As of 2018, Indocumentales has broadened its scope to focus on broader Latin American migration experiences, and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) has officially joined as co-presenting partner.
WCPUN / What Moves You? World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) is a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information, that facilitates partnerships across sectors internationally to promote awareness and implementation of the United Nations’ goals, including through publications, workshops, dialogues, other educational, outreach-oriented events, projects and programmes. WCPUN is the fiscal sponsor for What Moves You? – an art and story-telling collaborative that produces educational public art and other media exploring the individual experiences underlying global and social issues, such as the MEXUS portraits and interviews presenting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations of the Mexican community in the United States.
Cinema Tropical New York-based Cinema Tropical (https://www.cinematropical.com/) is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States. Founded in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what has become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, CT brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mama Tambien. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, CT is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution, exhibition, and support of Latin American and Latinx cinema and communities this country.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University is an interdisciplinary teaching, research, and public information program. It is a home for a small core of dedicated CLACS faculty and a touchstone for approximately 130 affiliated faculty in 20 departments in Arts and Science, as well as 8 professional schools, with special depth at the border between the social sciences and humanities and in the Andean, Brazilian, Iberian Atlantic and Caribbean regions. CLACS is designated as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC), offering exciting MA programs, curricular innovation for Masters and Doctoral students across the university and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (FLAS) to support lesser taught languages of the Americas. CLACS is a leader in innovative training and outreach programs aimed at primary and secondary education, as well as postsecondary institutions based in the New York area, a forum for symposia, conferences, colloquium series, and film series and a clearinghouse for information and coordinated scholarly interaction across the hemisphere.
The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, based at Lehman College, is the culmination of nearly a decade of work by faculty, administrators, staff, and students to boost enrollment of Mexican and Mexican-American students, foster research with and about Mexico and Mexicans in the United States, and collaborate with community-based organizations to support and empower the Mexican immigrant community. With a special focus on Mexicans in the diaspora, especially Mexicans in New York, the Institute offers a space for the Mexican community to consider its own and an institutional location for support of scholarly and community advocacy projects.