Immigrant Heritage Month – The Undocumented Story


June 03, 2015 at 6:30pm


Alamo Drafthouse
1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
United States


Ainee Athar
832-488-7538,, Define American, & the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs present:

The Undocumented Story: Media & the Immigrant Experience

A panel discussion following a screening of La Americana

Join us for a community screening of La Americana, a 2008 documentary about an undocumented mother from Bolivia who struggles to save her ailing daughter’s life during their separation. 

How do film and media shaped America's understanding of the undocumented community? We'll discuss what films like La Americana say about the American Dream and the immigrant experience. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with remarks from the director, Nicholas Bruckman, and a panel of distinguished guests from the immigrant advocacy community.


Julissa Arce is the Director of Development at Define American, an immigrant rights activist and public speaker. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, she made national headlines when Bloomberg Magazine ran a profile on her journey from undocumented student to Wall Street investment banking executive in February 2015. 

Nicholas Bruckman founded People's Television in 2010, combining his passion for independent filmmaking and telling stories for brands. He has produced commercials and web content for some of the world's leading companies, agencies, and non-profits. Nicholas produced the feature film VALLEY OF SAINTS, which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. 

Angela-Jo Touza-Medina is the Chair of the City Commission on Immigrant Affairs, a civic board of community leaders appointed by City Council members to advise Council on issues of common concern to immigrants, particularly in the areas of health and human services, education, and the demographic makeup of the Austin immigrant community. The Commission will be publishing a report on how to make Austin a welcoming city for immigrants at the end of Immigrant Heritage Month. 

Moderator - Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border. His focuses include immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security, and the drug trade. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. 


6:30: Doors open & networking
7:00: Opening Remarks
7:10: Movie Begins
8:10 :Moderated Discussion
8:45: Questions with the Audience

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