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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Los Que Se Quedan Movie Presentation at Tumbleweed :: Phoenix, AZ

On July 25, 2012, the Indocumentales-Tumbleweed film series showed Los Que Se Quedan by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman. Two Casa de Sueños Case Managers and myself helped facilitate a brief discussion after. One theme that ran throughout the film that appeared interesting to viewers included how education or lack of education can affect migration. Another was what it means to be a family even though members are separated, often absent in times of celebration or hardship. Finally, we touched on how there seemed to be huge sacrifices for those who left in exchange for material gains like the loss of identity and gaps in not seeing their children go through certain ceremonial rights of passage.

We had the highest turnout of viewers attend this screening so far with 33 attendees. The further into the film series, the more I have heard Tumbleweed staff express how excited they have been about the films being shown. It has definitely been a fresh inviting way to involve everyone from the different programs in an activity where they can gain more insight into the immigration issue. In fact, the films have been a springboard for people to share their curiosity about workers rights, policies that help or hinder migrant workers, how other populations other than Latinos fare in the immigration debate, and what resources are available to help people without papers be productive members of society.

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

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Al Otro Lado: To the Other Side Movie Presentation at Tumbleweed :: Phoenix, AZ

On July 18, 2012, the Indocumentales-Tumbleweed film series showed Al Otro Lado, by Natalia Almada. Casa de Sueños Program Coordinator Jacquelin Hawley and myself facilitated the discussion after. The POV discussion guide published on the PBS website provided a helpful push to get the conversation going. Once it did, strong opinions were expressed about the themes of corridos, immigration, and drug trafficking.

On a musical note, big name performers featured in the film, like Chalino Sanchez and Los Tigres del Norte, seemed to add a familiar historical component to those who grew up listening to corridos. For others, learning about how corridos are written to share news, comment on politics, and often glorify drug smuggling was compelling. The audience’s varied backgrounds contributed to a colorful discussion when talking about the evolution of corridos, too, sharing their take on what the genre has developed into today, 6 years after this movie was made.

Viewers had varying opinions about the immigration issue since many staff has Latin America backgrounds and some frequently visit or even live in Mexico, traveling back and forth to work on this side of the border. We touched upon the immigration reform campaign that is currently taking place in the U.S., discussing how that will affect Dreamers, Casa de Sueños kids, and other youth in the Tumbleweed network who will be seeking educational/vocational assistance or job development training.

Overall, the audience really identified with the endearing way Magdiel was portrayed in the film with all of his talents, questions, and dreams. Conversely, they expressed that they felt angered by Chris Simcox’s role as the President of The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. I wonder what corridor Magdiel would compose of him?

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

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Which Way Home Movie Presentation at Tumbleweed :: Phoenix, AZ

On July 11, 2012, the Indocumentales-Tumbleweed film series launched with the screening of Which Way Home, by Rebecca Cammisa. Staff from Tumbleweed’s Young Adult Program, the Learning Center, Phoenix Youth Resource Center, Casa de Sueños (CDS), and the Administration Department attended to learn more about youth immigration and the services shelters like Casa de Sueños provide for unaccompanied and undocumented minors.

The film seemed like a nice compliment for kicking off the series, especially since co-workers from other Tumbleweed programs showed a great deal of interest in what the journey looks like for these youth from the moment they leave their homes to when they arrive at CDS. The new hires who attended were particularly touched by what the characters endured and will soon be hearing more stories along the same lines once they start as Youth Care Workers. Experienced CDS staff viewing the film for the second or third time around were equally touched, like the film resonated for them from already having helped so many youth in this population.

Office of Refugee and Resettlement Program Director Alfonso Ramirez and Case Manager Miguel Hernandez lead the discussion afterward asking such questions as, “What did you observe about the feelings the kids had? How were the kids’ attitudes towards adults? What are some of the ways you noticed the youth coped with challenges or adversity? Did this remind you of any of your youth?” They touched upon the importance of trauma informed care, stressing the responsibility to report what clients have endured while crossing the border while providing the appropriate follow up care. Finally, they answered many viewers questions about “What percentage of kids are reunified?,” “How many stay in the US?,” and “What kind of options do they have to stay if their families are not present?” Overall the viewers appreciated seeing the film and were challenged to think about what they would do differently in their job now that they had a better idea of what the youths’ journey crossing the border entails.

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

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