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They are undocumented. They are unapologetic. They are THE UNAFRAID.
Immigration Studies • Sociology • Youth Activism
Latinx Studies • Political Science • Civil Rights • Education
2018. Directors & Producers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney.
87 Minutes. English & Spanish subtitles. Includes captions.


THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending its top public universities, and from qualifying for in-state tuition at any other public college. Using observational footage shot over three years, THE UNAFRAID tells the personal stories of a group of friends connected by an underground movement called Freedom University.

Through the stories of Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo, viewers learn what it's like to be both a young American and undocumented in the U.S. at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is growing, emboldened by a President who has issued orders to end DACA and restrict immigration. The narratives of their lives will intersect at protests and rallies, and then expand out from this unifying force to the personal daily challenges faced by them and their families. THE UNAFRAID goes beyond the media’s portrayal of the ‘dreamer’ poster child and truly humanizes the experience of undocumented and DACA students, their families and communities.

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Reviews & Quotes

Immigration Law Clinic, University of Texas School of Law

“This is an insightful and moving film about the obstacles facing youth who have lived their entire lives in the US. It will serve as a useful teaching tool for introducing and discussing immigration issues that divide our country.”

California Lutheran University

“The documentary THE UNAFRAID is an intimate look at the lives of DREAMers in the state of Georgia. We watch them fight for their dignity, access to education and future as Georgians and Americans... Caught in the middle of a political storm, they carve out their lives of work, family, school and activism, trying to secure a future for themselves and those around them.”

Villanova University

“THE UNAFRAID is a powerful, timely and a must-watch documentary about three brave DACA students, Silvia, Aldo and Alejandro, banned by the state of Georgia from attending top public universities at in-state tuition rates... Masterfully directed by Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, THE UNAFRAID creates a cinematic landscape in which the personal is more political than ever, and unapologetically draws the viewers’ attention to a striking reality knocking at our doors.”

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