ONE WEEKEND ONLY | JUNE 5-7, 2014
OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH
RISERS is a short film and portrait series which explores the cultural identity of young undocumented immigrants in Washington, DC.
The short film captures immigrant youth at a unique moment in their lives. Not knowing whether their immigration status shall be legalized, they embark on their college educations and careers. The film centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate these challenges. Their audience, a high school class made up of immigrants who are new arrivals to the United States, eagerly listen to their consultation. As they empathically present to them, the viewer witnesses how two young inspirational youth activists can not only rally their peers, but also educate us all on the challenges and complexities of undocumented life.
The film includes original poetry by Aura Alvarez. Her poems are observations on the contemporary immigrant experience.
The portraits place young undocumented immigrants in front of the American flag, holding the flag of their country of birth. Laid over the portrait are words that they have chosen to express their immigrant identity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andy Fernandez was born in Washington, DC and raised in Arlington, VA. The son of Bolivian immigrants, he has a deep appreciation for the immigrant experience. RISERS is his first short film. You can view his portfolio at www.andyfernandez.me