The Unafraid

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Closing Night Film — New York Premiere!

Screening followed by discussion with filmmakers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, Clara Long, Senior Researcher, US Program, HRW and special guests.

“We have years of activism under our belts. Now we just fight harder, we fight smarter, and we fight as one.”
– Alejandro, film subject, The Unafraid

High School seniors Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo, like most of their friends, are eager to go to college and pursue their education. However, their home state of Georgia not only bans them from attending the top five public universities, but also deems them ineligible for in-state tuition at public colleges due to their immigration status as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. In response, these three ambitious and dream-filled students divert their passions towards the fight for education in the undocumented community. As President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric against immigrants gains momentum, and amid constant threat of losing their DACA status and being deported, The Unafraid follows these inspirational members of the generation of “undocumented, unapologetic and unafraid” young people who are determined to overcome and dismantle oppressive policies and mindsets.

Official selection: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018 – Winner for Human Rights Award

A vital forum for cinema that tackles important global issues, HRWFF annually showcases an international selection of acclaimed films that bring human rights struggles to life through storytelling—challenging, provocative movies that call for justice and social change.

Additional screenings take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival


  • Country USA
  • Language English and Spanish with English subtitles
  • Year 2018
  • Running Time 85 minutes
  • Website
  • Director Anayansi Prado, Heather Courtney
  • Editor Colin Nausbum, Mary Lampson, Miranda Yousef
  • Cinematographer Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado

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