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ABOUT THE FILM :

In an environment where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, 24 year ­old Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being undocumented and sexually abused, an ordeal all too common in her community. Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows immigrant activist Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times as she becomes a beacon in a movement for national change.

SCREENINGS

Join SEPA Mujer for FREE screenings of the documentary Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas A Nadie)

DATES

Thursday March 14, 2019 @ 7:30PM | Includes Q&A discussion with Angy Rivera and Filmmaker Mikaela Shwer and reception after the film. SOLD OUT

Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30AM | Includes Q&A discussion with panel of community leaders. 

VENUE: Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (20 Terry Street (one block South of Main Street) | Patchogue, NY 11772)

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ABOUT THE FILM

Angy Rivera had two crucial secrets in her life. The first was that she was an undocumented child living with her mother and siblings in New York City for 19 years. That secret was a constant source of fear: If her immigration status was discovered, she could be deported and her family shattered.

The second secret was more tragic: Rivera had been sexually abused by her stepfather from ages 4 to 8, a secret she eventually revealed and which, in the strange world of immigration law, helped her gain the visa she had always desired.

Director Mikaela Shwer met Rivera, now 24, while the young woman was still undocumented. After the two developed a friendship, Shwer began filming Rivera’s quest to help others living in immigration’s “shadows” and to gain a visa for herself. The result was Shwer’s first full-length documentary.

“Being undocumented isn’t something we can put in the back of our heads. When I wake up, it’s the first thing I think about,” Rivera says early in the film, adding that her secret has even haunted her dreams. This was the only life she had known. When she was 3, her mother, Maria, decided to flee the growing violence and unrest in their native Colombia, selling their possessions for a one-way ticket to New York. The United States was their promised land, but would remain so only if Rivera promised not to tell anyone that she was undocumented.

ANGY RIVERA

ANGY RIVERA

Angy Rivera, a Colombian immigrant who was previously undocumented, is the Co-Executive Director at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an undocumented youth led organization fighting for immigrant justice through leadership development and community organizing. Rivera graduated from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, obtaining a degree in Culture and Community Studies while minoring in Human Services. Rivera created Ask Angy, an award winning undocumented immigrant online advice column. In 2012, Rivera met documentary maker Mikaela Shwer who filmed her and her family for the film No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone). The Peabody Award winning documentary, which aired on PBS in 2015, navigates the difficult reality and double silence Rivera experiences as an undocumented immigrant and survivor of sexual assault.

MIKAELA SHWER

MIKAELA SHWER

Mikaela Shwer (Director/Producer) 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.

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