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The Unafraid – A Q&A Session About Dreamers

On Thursday, June 18th, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, giving thousands of young immigrants a relief from imminent deportation. This decision gives DACA recipients, or Dreamers as they are better known, and the activists who support them a temporary victory and a pathway to building the momentum needed towards permanent solutions such as giving a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants. Education on these issues is critical in helping all who support immigrants and want to affect change on behalf of their families, neighbors, coworkers, students, who make an important part of the city and make the country whole.

Over the years, CLACS has created public programming and teacher training initiatives, as well as supported faculty and student research, on different aspects of migration in order to promote an understanding of the diversity of the Latin American experience in the US. Programming such as the decade-long collaborative film and conversation series Indocumentales, opened our space to community members, filmmakers, educators and activists in an effort to build networks of solidarity and resources while exposing audiences to the nuances of issues related to immigration.

Indocumentales- The Unafraid (2018)

On April 2019, Indocumentales featured a screening of The Unafraid, a film by Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney that documents the lives of three dreamers -Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo- in Georgia and their journey towards college life in a state that denied them the opportunity to attend their higher education institutions.  Here is a video of the conversation following its screening featuring Andrew Lim of the Partnership for a New American Economy and Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) Celso Perez.


More insightful Indocumentales Q&A sessions can be found on this playlist.

State of Immigration Reform Focus of Indocumentales Discussion

On November 23rd, a full house at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s auditorium gathered for the screening of Empire of Dreams (1880-1942). An audience of 70, which included activists, teachers, and members of the NYU community, watched this insightful documentary from the PBS series ‘Latino Americans’, about the history of the first waves of Latin American immigrants to the U.S. The screening inspired an interesting conversation between the audience and our panelists for the night, Maribel Hernandez Rivera (Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), and Juan González (award-winning journalist, author, and 2015 Andrés Bello Chair of Latin American Cultures and Civilization). Interesting questions around the level of information within the general public about immigration history and issues, the economics of immigration vs. changes in demographics, and how current politics will drive the immigration debate, guided an engaged conversation.

Join us for the last screening of the Indocumentales series on December 17 at 6:30pm, when we will be showing the award-winning film La Jaula de Oro.


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.



CLACS Collaborates Across New York City

what moves you?

what moves you? logo – Created by Mexican designer Antonio Sánchez

CLACS hosts events and collaborates on exciting education initiatives with diverse organizations and education centers throughout New York City.

Indocumentales/Undocumentaries, the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series, is an itinerant film and dialogue series on immigration and related issues and has been an ongoing CLACS partner. We frequently co-host film screenings and discussions on issues related to immigration and Mexico. Many of these series are co-hosted by what moves you?, another partner organization that produces  educational media that render complex global issues relevant and accessible to a diverse, international public. Cinema tropical, an organization that distributes, programs, and promotes Latin American films across the U.S., has also partnered with CLACS and what moves you? on film screenings.

CLACS has also worked closely with the America’s Society, a  forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas on events, as well as  El Museo del Barrio, which recently  partnered with CLACS on a K-12 education event and film screening.

In addition to organization partners, CLACS also works closely with local academic institutions. Columbia University’s Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS) is an ongoing partner that co-hosting events, and provides cross-registration for opportunities for  NYU and Columbia University students. CLACS also partners with the New School Ovservatory on Latin America (OLA), and the Columbia University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Barnard Forum on Migration, and Lehman College.

Visit the CLACS website to learn more, or to contact us if you are interested in partnering with CLACS.