Queer, Undocumented, and Unafraid is an eight minute documentary that traces the story of
Imelda Plascencia, a recent graduate of UCLA who identifies as both Queer and Undocumented, faces the daily struggles of being within two stigmatized communities. Although at times her efforts have led her to believe that she has been "working towards nothing," her self determination and self reflection has led her to accept both her identities. Imelda currently strives to reach out to other Queer and Undocumented individuals like herself, providing a voice, a form of courage, and a sense of hope. The documentary raises the question of what makes an Asian American documentary, and how different communities of color can work together to create new narratives.
Asian American Voices was produced in collaboration with Asian Americans for Community Involvement, a social services agency, for web distribution and community group screenings.
The piece is used as a means to raise awareness, initiate community dialogue and help formulate policy. The short documentary tells the personal stories of three recent Asian American immigrants in Silicon Valley in the context of the history of contributions made by Asian immigrants as they overcame language, cultural and health care barriers. asianamericanvoices.org/