not Quite Here, not Quite There

Women's Voices Now
Sep 7, 2019 · 4 min read

An empathy- to-action film campaign in response to current immigration policies and the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision to potentially end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which provides temporary legal status and protection from deportation for youth brought to the U.S. without legal papers when they were children.

BY: Diana Peña, Emily Ponce, & Kianna Teachout

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ABOUT THE FILM:

Media representations of immigrants dehumanize the people they portray. not Quite Here, not Quite There is a visual companion to a poem written by Diana Peña, focusing on the undocumented experience.

CREATED BY: Diana Peña (16), Emily Ponce (14), Kianna Teachout (18)

SCREENING GUIDE AND CALLS TO ACTION

Pre-Film Reflection Questions:

  • What are some stereotypes you’ve heard about undocumented immigrants? Do you think they’re true? What is your opinion of undocumented immigrants?
  • Why do you think people become immigrants?
  • What is your knowledge about the current immigration policies in this country? Do you believe they are ethical?
  • Do you know what’s currently occurring in the detention camps for immigrants? Why do you think immigrants are being detained in detention facilities?
  • Have you heard of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ?

Post-film Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways the writer has been affected as a result of being an immigrant?
  • How can you be an ally to undocumented immigrants?
  • Were you able to relate personally to any parts of the film?
  • In the film the writer asks, “is soil all that makes us American?” What do you think she means by that? What do you think it means to be American?
  • In the film the writer says, “and isn’t that the American Dream? we’re a huddled people yearning to breathe free.” What do you think the American Dream is?
  • After watching this film do you feel more equipped to engage in constructive conversations around immigrant issues?
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1. SHARE THIS FILM: Copy/paste below

On Twitter and Facebook

#notquiteherenotquitethere — Watch a short doc about #immigration by #femaleyouth and #WOC #empathytoaction #womensvoicesnow #girlsvoicesnow #defyhate #daca #immigrant #resist #protest #borders #neveragain #detentioncamps #bridgesnotborders https://bit.ly/2kwOiRF

On Instagram

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Watch the #WOC made short doc #notquiteherenotquitethere a film about #immigration as told through the eyes of #femaleyouth #empathytoaction #womensvoicesnow #girlsvoicesnow #defyhate #daca #immigrant #resist #protest #borders #neveragain #detentioncamps #bridgesnotborders @Womens_Voices_Now https://bit.ly/2kwOiRF

2. HOST A SCREENING of this film using this screening guide.

3. READ THE RESOURCES provided below and take calls to action where you see them

4. SIGN PETITIONS

5. DONATE to help undocumented youth, detained individuals, and fight against family separation:

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Organizations we vetted

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*Know Your Rights with ICE,

*ACLU: Know your Rights as an Immigrant, Contact Your local ACLU affiliate.

*National Immigration Law Center: Know Your Rights

*A Toolkit for Organizations Responding to Mass Worksite Immigration Raids

*Immigrant Legal Resource Center

*American Immigration Lawyers Association

This film was made in the Girls’ Voices Now (GVN) summer youth program, hosted by Women’s Voices Now (WVN). WVN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that promotes, produces, and shares social-change films that move audiences from empathy to action on women’s and girls’ rights issues, bridging the gap between filmmakers and agents of social change. GVN amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching documentary filmmaking. Over the course of five weeks, students learn how to create their own short documentary and how to use the medium of film to affect positive social-change in their communities.

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Women's Voices Now is a non-profit organization that uses the medium of film to advocate for global women's rights. We move audiences from empathy to action.

The WVoice

The WVoice is the digital publication of Women’s Voices Now, a 501(c)3 non-profit using film to drive positive social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally.

Women's Voices Now

Written by

Women's Voices Now is a non-profit organization that uses the medium of film to advocate for global women's rights. We move audiences from empathy to action.

The WVoice

The WVoice is the digital publication of Women’s Voices Now, a 501(c)3 non-profit using film to drive positive social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally.

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