Look at us as collaborators. We’re not subjects. We are not subjects.
The entertainment industry has a limited understanding of the complexities of non-white experiences and their portrayal on screen. Immigrants are fetishized and tropes are created. Off-screen BIPOC filmmakers are rejected and underrepresented. The Undocumented Filmmakers Collective (UFC) center the expertise of undocumented people as creators, artists, and active audience, all while tackling the systemic inequities they face in filmmaking. Join us for a premiere of The Undocumented Rejects, satirical short film on the triumphs and pitfalls of filmmaking, and learn how you can support undocumented creators.
ASL interpretation and CART (English) provided.
Undocumented Filmmakers Collective
Building upon the media justice organizing of other undocumented leaders, the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective tackles the systemic inequities that undocumented immigrants face in the field of filmmaking, by centering the expertise of undocumented people not only as sources of stories but more importantly as creators, artists, and primary audiences.
Cornetta Lane-Smith is a Mother, Storyteller, and Director of Community Impact at Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA). At DNA, Cornetta builds and sustains strategic partnerships, connects a media project to its intended audience, and assesses the impact of DNA’s mission.
Detroit Narrative Agency(DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit. They do this by supporting Black, Indigenous, People of Color Detroiters to explore and create media storytelling projects that build collective healing, power and liberation.