1. Illegal

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    from John X. Carey Added 731K 3,253 144

    Spread this message. Can you imagine going through something like this when you were in high school? -- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Austin Film Festival 2012 -- -- OFFICIAL SELECTION - LA Shorts Fest 2012 -- For screening and press inquires please contact Diana Espitia at: 832.607.9624 / dianaespitia17@gmail.com Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZhlScTZ-8Y&list=HL1339802914&feature=mh_lolz Executive Producer : Curry Glassell Producer : Diana Espitia and Luis Velez Director / editor : John X. Carey www.johnxcarey.com Directors of Photography : Chris Saul (http://www.chrissaul.com), Mike Mitchell (https://vimeo.com/mikemitchell) Composer : Bill Francis | http://billfrancis.com More info: http://www.illegalmovie.org Friend us: http://www.facebook.com/IllegalMovie Follow us: https://twitter.com/#!/illegalmovie A compassionate look at undocumented youth in the United States. Through a series of interviews with undocumented kids, activists, policymakers, non-profit leaders, educators and members of the clergy Illegal seeks to raise the consciousness level of the American public regarding the importance of full immigration reform. Though an important step was taken with the president's order to halt the deportations of some young undocumented residents, we must remember that his executive order could change as early as January under a new administration. Our work is far from over. Illegal is an independent documentary film financed by Houston philanthropist Curry Glassell.

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    • Borderland

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      from California is a place. Added 124K 1,423 90

      Dick is right. "Every American should see this." It is real and it is striking. In some places it stands 18 feet tall and looks like the gates of Mordor. In other places, it is barely 10 feet tall and looks like it was put together with a stapler. It runs from the Colorado River directly into the Pacific. It is big, intense and intimidating. And it is unfinished. Gaping holes are everywhere. Physically it’s confusing. Politically it’s puzzling. Ideologically it’s complicated. But for Dick and Ron, who both live within a few miles of the border, defending it is simply a matter of protecting themselves and preserving their own beliefs. Drug smugglers don't come to the United States to make an honest living. As the recent killing of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas shows, the border is more than a moral line in the sand. The fence is real. We recommend a visit. A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

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      • Making it in America

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        from I Am Los Angeles - Joris Debeij Added 154K 1,175 71

        The goals we formulate for our lives are greatly influenced by where we started out in life. As a teenager, Alma Velasco had dreams of finishing school and getting a degree in El Salvador. But her dreams were shattered by the dangerous conditions created by the El Salvadorian civil war which first broke out in 1979, and lasted for almost 13 years. Alma's mother lived in fear for the safety her children, and although it meant she may never see her daughter again, she made the difficult decision to send Alma to cross the border into the United States. This controversial decision was made by a lot of El Salvadoran parents at the time; and some still take this risk today because of the conditions that continue in El Salvador, many years after the war officially ended in 1992. Alma, only 16, survived the frightening journey across the border to join her uncle in California. Once the dangerous trip across the border was completed a new reality set in quickly -- she needed to restart her life in a challenging and complicated new world. For Alma -- as is the case for many immigrants living in the US -- this meant applying herself to physically demanding work instead of continuing her education. Today a hard-working, single mother of two girls, Alma is a seamstress working in the factory at American Apparel. At 6:15am sharp Alma and her team are ready to begin working, and will produce hundreds of t-shirts, which today are the color grey. When Alma clocks out in the afternoon, she goes home to do the chores around the house, then picks her kids up from school. They make dinner together, and both girls bubble over telling Alma about their day. Alma’s dreams of getting a degree in El Salvador did not become a reality, but she has made the most of her opportunities. Thanks to an amnesty program, she is now legally a resident of the United States. Here her job pays her fairly and enables her to make an honest living for her family. She never did see her mother again, but if she did she would thank her. The risks her mother encouraged her to take not only saved her life, they helped Alma make her own dream a reality for her two girls. Alma feels rewarded by her kids' successes and brims over with pride when they exhibit the drive to seek out opportunity for themselves. Her daughters Ashley and Katherine follow in their mother's example; they study and work extra-hard to find what they want out of life. The oldest dreams of someday becoming a police officer, lawyer or maybe an architect. In the United States, so many begin their lives with with doors open to them, and in this light, Alma’s accomplishments may seem fairly ordinary. She lives an honest life, within her means, and works hard as a basis to grow opportunities for her family. I can't think of a better measure for success as a parent, or in life, and people like Alma have been what makes this country great for generations.

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        • La Loteria

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          from Shahir Daud Added 108K 1,128 58

          While waiting for his plane to board so he can immigrate to America, Augusto Ramirez recalls the three biggest regrets of his life. Based on a true story. Dir. Shahir Daud www.shahirdaud.com Prod: Shivali Gulab, Alejandro Soto Goico, Isabel Davis, Shahir Daud Writer(s): Shahir Daud, Brendan McArthy, Gavin McGibbon DP: Brandon Ripley www.brandonripley.com Art Director: Maggie Ruder www.allaboutr.com/ Sound Recordist(s): Brett Ainslie, Ben Nimkin 1st AC/Focus: Kyle Taylor 2nd AC: Adam Waters Editor(s): Shahir Daud, Alejandro Soto Goico VFX: Mike Wechsler, Leonardo Cabrera, Shahir Daud mikewechsler.com/ Sound Mixer/Designer: Nigel Stanford www.nigelstanford.com Starring: Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ines Milans, Manny Rey, Angela Rodriguez, Juan Pichardo, Samantha Shane, Adam Tyler Waters Music: "Mariposas", "Polo Margaritenoio" & "Crack Whore" by Yva Las Vegas freemusicarchive.org/music/Yva_Las_Vegass/ "Apple" by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper & Emily Hope Price ladylambthebeekeeper.bandcamp.com/track/apple

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          • Sahar سحر

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            from Alexander Farah Added 46.4K 871 36

            Nadim recounts the night his sister came home at four in the morning and disappeared shortly after. "This is a riveting and revealing domestic drama that foregoes moralizing as it examines a pressing contemporary issue." (tiff.net) Read more: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/07/01/sahar/ Writer/Director: Alexander Farah Producer: Alireza Taale Cast: Behtash Fazlali, Panthea Vatandoost Soheila Vatandoost, Mohammad Sarwari, Jack Christofferson http://www.alexanderfarah.com facebook.com/saharthefilm twitter.com/saharthefilm AWARDS + NODS // Best Director, Best Actor, Best Student Film, Vancouver Short Film Festival 2014 Golden Sheaf Award, Best Student Film, Yorkton Film Festival 2015 Nominated for 5 Leo Awards: Best Short Drama, Best Direction, Best Picture Editing, Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama, Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama SCREENINGS // Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2014 Vancouver Short Film Festival 2014 Whistler Film Festival 2014 Telefilm Paris' Canadian Cultural Centre Short N' Sweet 2015 Australia Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2015 Yorkton Film Festival 2015

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            • Dos Madres

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              from ora Added 35.8K 496 26

              Every parent experiences moments of uncertainty: Am I terrible parent? Have I failed my children? Am I doing enough? But for these mothers, these natural uncertainties are magnified by their lost homeland, fragmented families and legal limbo. Video by Ora DeKornfeld News footage provided by KPIX TV San Francisco Video originally published on the LA Times website: http://www.latimes.com/visuals/video/la-dos-madres-video-20141001-premiumvideo.html

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              • Americano

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                from kirkdify Added 41.6K 372 17

                This is my 3rd installment of the populer #kirkdify #meme where i get naked and dance to a song off Lady Gaga's Born This Way. Americano by special request! See, i have fans:)

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                • [A BETTER LIFE]

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                  from Steven Liang Added 3,299 367 21

                  Armando, an undocumented restaurant worker, dreams of becoming a filmmaker. The filmmakers aim to expand A BETTER LIFE into a feature-length documentary following the lives of immigrant workers through an intimate, cinéma vérité aesthetic. We strive to bring out of the shadows working-class immigrants in order to start a conversation about what it means to be American. Steven Liang is a community-based filmmaker. Formerly, Steven interned at Participant Media and Justin Lin's Universal-based Barnstorm Pictures. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and the Carl David Fellowship in Film & Video. His goal as a documentarian is to tell the stories of underrepresented communities.

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                  • ABIMBOWE (2008)

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                    from Álex Montoya Added

                    English subbed version of this awarded short film that playfully addresses issues such as racism and immigration. Written and directed by me. It was shot in a night with a crew of just two, me and DP Jon D. Domínguez. Featuring Irene Anula and Aurora Villanueva. UPDATE by august 2011: By now, the short film has been selected in more than 80 festivals and has won 18 prizes in spanish and international venues. It has been nominated in three more festivals and took part in the Cannes Short Film Corner and the Odense Film Festtival ------------------------------------------------------- Escrito y dirigido por Alex Montoya. Fotografía de Jon D. Domínguez. Interpretado por Irene Anula y Aurora Villanueva.

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                    • The Invader by Nicolas Provost

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                      from Souvenirs from Earth Added 24.4K 289 8

                      The Invader by Nicolas Provost www.nicolasprovost.com Find our curated VIMEO channel at vimeo.com/channels/sfe The Mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa has released a statement about the deaths of undocumented migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. These deaths are a “massacre that has the numbers of a true war”. -- Giusi Nicolini. "I am scandalized by the silence of Europe that has just received the Nobel Peace Prize and yet is staying silent in the face of a massacre that has the numbers of a true war. I’m becoming more convinced that European policy on immigration considers this offering of human lives to be a way to restrict the flows of people, or maybe a deterrent. But, if for these people, the voyage on the boats is still the only possibility of hope, I believe that their death at sea must be a reason for Europe to feel shamed and dishonoured. (...) Everyone must know that it is Lampedusa, with its inhabitants, with the units dedicated to providing assistance and hospitality, that is giving the dignity of human beings to these people, that is giving dignity to our country and to the whole of Europe."

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