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February 18, 2015

Unwanted Poster

UnWanted: Immigrant Detention-Deportation & Mass Incarceration

When: Wednesday, February 18, 3-8pm
Where: UIC Student Services Building, 1200 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Co-sponsors: UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, the Asian American Studies Program, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and the Documentary Studies Working Group. Support for this event is provided in part by the National Science Foundation.

Series: co-sponsored event Race& Series


Event Schedule

  • 3pm: Simultaneous screenings of Documented and Out in the Night
  • 4:45pm: Panel discussion and dinner
  • 6pm: Simultaneous screenings of Documented and Out in the Night.
  • Panelists

  • Renata Hill, One of the four women featured in “Out in the Night”
  • Blair Dorosh-Walther, Director of “Out in the Night”
  • Patrisia Macias-Rojas, Assistant Professor in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC
  • José Herrera, Graduate student in the Sociology PhD program at UIC and a migrant justice activist
  • Kristina Mascareñas, Community Empowerment Consultant of AFIRE Chicago (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment)
  • Tuyet Le, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Poetry performance by Ethan Viets-VanLear, UIC student and SJI fellow

    Come to this unique IRRPP screening event to discuss the links between immigrant detention-deportation and mass punishment and incarceration. How does the prison state reinforce injustice related to race, ethnicity and sexual orientation? What are the factors driving persistent injustice against immigrants, women, queer people and people of color?

    We will have two simultaneous screenings of "Documented," about undocumented Americans, and "Out in the Night," about the New Jersey Four. A panel discussion with dinner between screenings will draw the connections between these forms of state control. Come for one documentary or both but make sure to attend the panel discussion. Panelists include Renata Hill, one of the four women featured in “Out in the Night,” and Blair Dorosh-Walther, director of “Out in the Night.”


    Documented by Jose Antonio Vargas

    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.

    Out in the Night by Blair Dorosh-Walther

    One hot night in August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends are harassed in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They defend themselves and a fight ensues. Charged with gang assault and labeled a “Lesbian Wolfpack” in the mainstream media, four of the women begin an emotional and psychological battle as they claim self-defense.



    RSVP to Ryan Viloria