Final 2016 Immigrant Experiences Screening to Feature Peabody Award-Winning Documentary

New York Women in Film & Television Announces:


Free June 16 Screening in Season Two of Series by Women Filmmakers to Feature Peabody Award-Winning Documentary about Undocumented Youth


NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2016) – Produced by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Directors: Sharing Immigrant Experiences through Film is a screening series created to highlight and promote immigrant stories within New York City by women filmmakers. This five-month long series, designed to showcase a themed exhibition of short and feature-length films, will have its fifth and final screening on Thursday, June 16 from 7 – 9 PM at the historic Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Avenue) in Ridgewood, Queens.

For its June 16 program, NYWIFT has selected 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, directed and produced by Mikaela Shwer. Don’t Tell Anyone is distributed by Women Make Movies.

A reception of food and drinks will begin at 7 PM, with an outdoor screening and conversation with both the director and subject of the film to follow.The program is free.

The Immigrant Experiences series, which also included a free day-long documentary production workshop for immigrant and first generation women earlier this month, is funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council.


Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie):

Directed and Produced by Mikaela Shwer 
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.

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’ POV (Point of View) series in 2015. It received a George Foster Peabody Award on May 21. The film is part of the inaugural class of The Peabody 30, honoring programming in news, radio/podcast, web and public service.

Don’t Tell Anyone contributes to the national conversation about undocumented youth while celebrating Angy’s bravery and humanity,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler. “NYWIFT champions films both by and about women who are not afraid to speak up. This film is the perfect conclusion to this year’s Immigrant Experience series and we look forward to sharing it with the community.”

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About New York Women in Film & Television:

New York Women in Film & Television supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality.

The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,000 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

NYWIFT is a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. It is governed by an 18-member board of directors. The board is elected by the membership.

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