A short film & portrait series exploring the lives of undocumented immigrant youth in the U.S.
The film (runtime: 30 minutes) centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros, two undocumented students at the University of the District of Columbia, as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate challenges facing undocumented immigrant youth. Brenda and Gerson discuss issues ranging from youth activism to language access. As they present, the film cuts away to scenes of immigrant life. The audience is introduced to a young poet named Aura Alvarez, activists from Casa de Maryland, and youth organizers from Many Languages One Voice. Though the film’s message is directed to a young generation of immigrants, it also educates a larger audience unfamiliar with the issues facing these young individuals.
This film is being showcased as part of the Race, Ethnicity & Indigenous Issues track of the 3rd annual Media Rise Festival, with support from the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, and the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs.
|7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Welcome|
|8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.||Film Screening|
|8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||Talkback & discussion|
|9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.||Networking|
- Andy Fernandez, filmmaker, RISERS
- Brenda Perez, RISERS
- Gerson Quinteros, RISERS
Media Rise is a global nonprofit volunteer-driven alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media. We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.
The weeklong Media Rise Festival in Washington, D.C. includes a pitch night for media innovators, a video challenge connecting filmmakers with local nonprofits, a forum of panel talks, a youth festival for teens and educators, and other community-driven events.
The 2015 festival will explore how media can build trust and empathy through individual voices and community systems.
Our topics this year:
- Race, ethnicity & indigenous issues
- Gender & sexuality
- Governance & accountability
- Environmental sustainability
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Media Rise connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.
We believe in the power of storytelling, art and design to make the world a better place.
We are committed to these calls to action:
We empower people to create and consume meaningful media that promotes universal human values such as compassion, empathy and respect.
We encourage collaboration between cause-driven creatives, media professionals, educators, government and nonprofit leaders to focus and amplify their collective impact.
We celebrate success stories of how to unleash the power of media to accelerate social change.
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