Indocumentales Spring 2015



The popular Indocumentales/Undocumentaries film series returns for the Spring semester with three documentary films, each followed by a panel discussion with special guests.

Cesar’s Last Fast

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012. RSVP

MV5BMTU3NjA1ODMwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTM4OTI2MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_(Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee, US, 2014, 100 min.)

Cesar’s Last Fast will kick off the series. The film traces labor and civil right leader, Cesar Chavez’s 1988 “Fast For Life,” meant to highlight the dangerous working conditions faced by agricultural workers. Screening followed by a discussion with organizers of the Rural & Migrant Ministry.


Useful Resources

Rural & Migrant Ministry: Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has served the rural and migrant communities throughout New York.

America on the Move: Latino Stories: Site created by the National Museum of American History which has links to the Smithsonian’s collection and features photos and information relating to Mexican Identity, Caribbean Rafters and the Bracero program.

Teaching Mexican American Studies: resources from the North American Center for Transborder Studies.

Mexican Immigration to the United States 1900-1999: National Center for History in the Schools, lesson by Kelly Lytle Hernandez (7-12).

Pew Hispanic Center: non-partisan research about Latinos in the U.S.

Maria in Nobody’s Land

Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012. RSVP

Maria in Nobody's Land(Maria en tierra de nadie, Marcela Zamora Chamorro, 2010, 86 min., In Spanish with English subtitles.)

The film is an intimate look at the dangerous journey  of three Salvadoran women as they face the slave trade, kidnapping and death as they migrate to the US. The discussion after the screening will be led by Professor Pamela Calla as part of the Feminist Constellations Working Group.


Useful Resources

Migration Policy: History of migration from El Salvador after the civil war in the 1980s through present day.

Immigration Impact: Human rights abuses along the U.S. Mexico Border.

Learning about Immigration Through Oral History: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (Middle School).

Immigration: The Changing Face of America: Resources from the Library of Congress.

Immigration teaching resources: Facing History and Ourselves teaching resources.

Of Kites and Borders

 Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012. RSVP

Of Kites and Borders(De cometas y fronteras, Yolanda Pividal, Mexico/US, 2013, 60 min.)

The film shows the struggles of four children living on the US/Mexico border. Director Yolanda Pividal will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


Useful Resources

Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS): a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to support and undertake research, and to provide a forum for debate on international migration.

Borderlands Encyclopedia: multimedia instructional resource on contemporary issues of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies: an academic center whose research agenda focuses on Mexican migration to California and comparative, cross-national and cross-regional research on international migratory movements, immigration policy, and citizenship policy.

Border Studies Curriculum: New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies: 20 Lesson plans on the Border.

Indocumentales/Undocumentaries is a US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series founded by three organizations located in New York City:  what moves you?Cinema Tropical, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University.



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