Undocumented: Immigration in America

April 03 only

Join us for a special benefit screening and conversation about immigration reform moderated by the Dreamer Fund!

Featuring three powerful short films which provide a powerful glimpse into the lives of people affected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Following there will be a panel discussion about the implication of deportation and the separation of families, the impact of being undocumented and getting higher education, and lastly, the current state of immigration and specifically, DACA.


WAKING DREAM by Theo Rigby follows the unfolding fate of six  Dreamers as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship. Over the course of several short episodes, Waking Dream follows the unfolding fate of six of these dreamers: Dilan, Rossy, Marisol, Steve, and the Sena twins: John and James. The series will follow this diverse cast as they fight for legal status in the U.S., protect their undocumented parents from increased ICE
enforcement, struggle with the deportation of the family members and possibly become subject to deportation themselves. 

VIDA DIFERIDA  by Brenda Avila Hanna is a six-year journey into the life of a young, undocumented woman before, during and after DACA.  This documentary film tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a doctor, Vanessa begins to be haunted by her undocumented status as she reaches high school. Reconsidering her aspirations, Vanessa begins to give up on academics. Then, in the summer of 2012, President Obama approves the “Deferred Action” policy that would grant Vanessa immunity from being deported for the next two years, allow her to get a job and apply to college. Vanessa’s story offers a window into the DACA generation, the impact of this policy on a young person’s life and the new challenges ahead. As government policies take new turns with a new administration, VIDA DIFERIDA highlights the uncertainties haunting undocumented youth and their families in the USA .

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT…by is a creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Because she doesn’t want to appear on camera, found footage from American culture illuminates her voice as she struggles with her new identity and the reality of not being able to legally drive, work or reside in the U.S. In interviews done in 2010, the film shows the struggles of growing up undocumented in the time before DACA, and what life could return to now that is has been rescinded.

More info for VIDA DIFERIDA & I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… can be found at www.dreamerdocs.com.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening!

Immigration Reform Panel:

Bill Ong Hing: Throughout his career, Professor Bill Ong Hing pursued social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice–oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations and a brilliant legal scholar, having taught at Stanford University, UC Davis, and USF, where he now directs the Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic. He was also co–counsel in the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza–Fonseca (1987). Hing is the founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco and volunteers as general counsel for this organization. Likewise, he serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C. and last year, he was appointed to the San Francisco Police Commission.

Jacqueline Brown Scott: Jacqueline Brown Scott is an immigration attorney with expertise in immigration issues pertaining to asylum, deportation defense, and family-based immigration. Jacqueline began her career in immigration law at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney advisor through the Department of Justice Honors Program. She also started her own firm here in San Francisco, where she dedicated a significant part of her private practice to providing pro bono legal representation to individuals who are especially in need of legal services and unable to afford them. She has worked with the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project, the National Center for Immigrant and Refugee Children, CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children, and the Community of East Palo Alto Legal Services. Today, she is a professor and supervising attorney of the Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic at USF.

Gabriela Garcia: Gabriela Garcia is an undocumented law student from Mexico. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and then used her skills by working with the immigrant community at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Gabriela has also been granted formal accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals. After working at CHIRLA, Gabriela began her Juris Doctorate at the University of San Francisco School Law, where she will graduate from this upcoming May. She hopes to be an immigration or civil rights attorney.


Zulma Muñoz: Zulma is a 3L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Zulma was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. As a first generation Latina, Zulma is passionate about ensuring increased access and equity for all immigrant families and communities. She knows from personal experience how awful and disorienting it is when family members, contributing hard-working members of society, suddenly don’t come home because they are arrested and slated for deportation. Zulma has worked for E4FC and Bean+Lloyd, LLP and she hopes to start her own immigration firm one day.


50% of the proceeds from the screening will be donated to the Dreamer Fund! 






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