Women Make Movies at 45: Response to Hate 2017
Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) / Profiled
Dir. Mikaela Shwer, US, 2015, video, 75 min.
This acclaimed documentary follows Angy Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times. Since the age of 4, when Angy arrived with her mother in the United States, she has lived with a secret: She is undocumented. “Don’t tell anyone" is a phrase whispered often that Angy chooses to defy. Becoming an activist for undocumented youth, Rivera shouts though a bullhorn at rallies that she is “undocumented and proud,” runs a popular advice blog "Ask Angy," and a YouTube channel. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women.
Dir. Kathleen Foster, US, 2016, video, 54 min.
Profiled knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latino youth killed by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality set in the historical context of racism in the U.S. While some victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over, others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods. Moving interviews with victims’ family members are juxtaposed with sharp analyses by evolutionary biologist Joseph L.Graves, Jr, (The Race Myth) and civil rights lawyer Chauniqua D. Young. Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, Profiled bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for Black and Latinx people in this country.
Special thanks to Patricia White, Eugene Lang Research Professor of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College