Women Directors: Sharing Immigrant Experiences Through Film – Don’t Tell Anyone

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents Women Directors: Sharing Immigrant Experiences Through Film — a five-part screening series of work by women filmmakers focusing on the immigrant experience in New York. This five-month long series showcases a themed exhibition of short and feature-length films.

The fifth screening in this series will feature Don’t Tell Anyone/No le Digas a Nadie, a documentary film and recent Peabody Award winner highlighting the hidden struggles of undocumented children in the United States.

Prior to the feature, we will be screening the short film made as a product of NYWIFT’s One-Day Production Workshop for Girls and Women of Immigrant Backgrounds taught by Third World Newsreel.

A reception of food and drinks will begin at 7, with a screening and conversation with both the director and subject of the film to follow.

 Onderdonk House is a less than 10 minute walk from the Jefferson St stop on the L Train. For further assistance, click here and enter your starting address in Google Maps.

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Don’t Tell Anyone/No le Digas a Nadie
Mikaela Shwer (Director/Producer)
2015, 1 hour 13 min 

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women. Don’t Tell Anyone (“No Le Digas a Nadie”) follows Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.

About the Filmmaker:
Mikaela Shwer is an award-winning editor and filmmaker with a passion for bringing important stories to life. Her work was recognized early in her career when she won the Emerging Editor award with the short film 100 Mountains for the Adobe Real Ideas Studio student program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Shwer has worked on numerous projects for HBO, the Sundance Channel and PBS, including the Peabody Award-winning series Brick City and critically acclaimed independent films Call Me Kuchu and Like the Water. In 2012, Shwer joined Steeplechase Films, working with award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns to help bring vibrant documentaries to the screen.

Don’t Tell Anyone is distributed by Women Make Movies. For more information, please contact Kristen Fitzpatrick at kfitzpatrick@wmm.com.


A Special Thanks to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for selecting New York Women in Film & Television to receive funding for this series from the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

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June 16 @ 7:00pm
7:00 pm — 9:30 pm (2h 30′)

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Ridgewood, NY 11385

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.