A coalition of Latino and civil rights activists join forces to confront local Mississippi lawmakers introducing anti-immigrant bills. Among those protesting is 13-year old Yizel who is fighting for her family’s rights.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
Marlene McCurtis is a freelance documentary producer, director and teaching artist with over 20 years’ experience in researching, directing, and writing documentary programs. She has directed and produced for documentary series on A&E, Lifetime, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and NatGeo. She is in post-production on “Wednesdays in Mississippi”, her first documentary feature film about a little known interracial alliance between women during the Civil Rights movement. Marlene also works as teaching artist at Dad’s Back Academy, a re-entry program from ex-offenders, where she teaches creative writing. She is an alum Fellow of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab and a member of the DGA.
Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Her first feature documentary film, Ulises’ Odyssey, screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago. Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.