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HEAL: Undocumented Filmmakers Collective Shorts Showcase

With pain comes healing. The HEAL shorts program features films by members of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, showcasing a diverse range of narratives—both beautifully uplifting and tragically traumatizing—on a collective common subject: the immigrant experience. These stories normalize what it means to be undocumented in an uncertain political climate in which a community of everyday people is subject fo constant (mis)labeling. We are not the sad narratives that the media uses to portray us. We are virtuous, everyday people who are also creators in this industry of filmmaking.

Program curated by Josaen Ronquillo and Undocumented Filmmakers Collective

Q&A LIVE on 11/07 at 5:00 P.M. EST

In this program


Directed by Paolo Rein

“FYI” is a journey of overcoming the systemic oppression of Hollywood gatekeeping and pre-labeled narratives. Our main character finds a community in which they are able not only to navigate their own personal creative endeavors but find the confidence to go beyond.


Directed by Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

The Affordable Care Act denies undocumented immigrants access to healthcare. While laws in California have made healthcare available for undocumented young people, undocumented adults remain excluded. “COVER/AGE” follows the campaign to expand healthcare to include all people.

Udhaare Supne (Borrowed Dreams)

Directed by Amritpal Kaur

A young womxn, tasked with taking care of her teenage sister when their parents leave without a trace, holds a dark secret that can cause a rift between the two.

Tears of the Sky

Directed by Eriko Tsogo

“Tears of the Sky” short chronicles the director’s autobiographical journey back to her home country of Mongolia after twenty years of absence due to DACA restrictions. The film follows her journey on a life-altering spiritual quest in the pursuit of her new identity.

Thank You, Come Again

Directed by Nirav Bhakta

An Undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his subconscious as he grieves the death of his father from an attempted border crossing.

The Gem Project

Directed by Paolo Rein

SoulTree, an artist who happens to be undocumented, must confront past versions of herself in order to pave the way for the future.