10/01/15: DC Premiere of Risers, A Short Film about Undocumented Immigrant Youth


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On Thursday October 1st, the short film Risers will be premiered at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Risers is a short film about undocumented immigrant youth who live in Washington, DC. The film features narratives by Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros, two students at the University of the District of Columbia. Brenda and Gerson discuss many issues including youth activism and language access. The film also features a young poet, Aura Alvarez, activists from Casa de Maryland, and youth organizers from Many Languages One Voice.

The filmmaker Andy Fernandez and Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros will present as part of the premiere.


7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                   Welcome

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                   Film Screening

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                   Talkback & discussion

9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                   Networking

This film is being showcased as part of the Race, Ethnicity & Indigenous Issues track of the 3rd annual Media Rise Festival, with support from the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.

For more information about the film and to purchase tickets, please visit their Facebook page and Eventbrite!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462273527433816/

General website: http://risersdc.com/

To reserve tickets! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-rise-festival-2015-risers-premiere-tickets-18366969099

Please note that even though it says “Sold Out” for online tickets, there may be a few spots left at the event. Although there is no guarantee there will be more tickets available at the event we do encourage you to check out the film/event if you can!

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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