Immigration Documentary Series Premiers at NY Film Festival

Award-winning filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, the team behind the film “Well-Founded Fear,” which took a close look at asylum seekers in the U.S., will premier a new series of documentaries that chart the last decade in U.S. immigration reform efforts at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

The epic series, 12 years in the making, looks at different approaches to achieving immigration reform, from actions organized by the National Immigration Forum and other advocates to legislative efforts by the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. The films comprise the “How Democracy Works” section of NYFF, and taken together are intended to put the U.S. political process in focus through the lens of one of the nation’s most explosive and controversial political issues.

The NYFF begins September 28 and runs through October 13. The Camerini and Robertson series will run October 11-13 at locations throughout the city. Visit the NYFF website for more details.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation and the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation.

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Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Von has an M.A. in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and focused her research on women in Latin America. She is a currently a producer at StoryCorps, and previously worked in community advocacy and communications for nonprofits focused on women, children, art, and Latino culture.