Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth
Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.” Currently, there is no path to citizenship for most of these young people.
The film premiered in 2009 when very few undocumented young people were public about their immigration status. The five young people featured in this film (Monica, Jorge, Juan Carlos, Simone and Yo Sub) risked arrest, detention and deportation simply for telling the truth about their lives. Their families, hometowns and last names are not revealed because of this concern.
The creative and heroic activism of the undocumented immigrant youth movement forced a vote on the DREAM Act in December 2010 where it passed in the House of Representatives but the Senate failed to overcome a filibuster. Intensified undocumented youth activism led to President Obama’s June 15, 2012 Executive Action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The undocumented youth movement continues to advocate for immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Graham Street Productions produced this film in association with El Grupo Juvenil (the "Papers" Youth Crew). These youth producers were actively involved in all aspects of production.
The "Papers" Youth Crew founded Momentum Alliance, a youth-led non-profit.
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1631 NE Broadway, #453
Portland, OR 9723
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Total run time: 2009 version includes subtitles (88 minutes). Updated 2013 version does not include subtitles (55 minutes).
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Original music by Adrian H. Molina, Dustin Neal, Will Ross, Molina Soleil, Aju, Mannequin Rituals, SOULAJU, Helen Chanthongthip, DJ Icewater, G Koop.
English and Spanish Subtitles
"I Would Tell You This Story Myself If I Could" (Special Feature)
Premiere Night (Special Feature)
Scenes From A Youth Movement (Special Feature)
Univision: "Papers" youth and associate producer interviewed on Univision (in Spanish)
The Oregonian: Documentary film gives voice to undocumented youths
CNN: Papers the Movie Director and Walter Lara on CNN
Shadow Proof: Movie Night: Papers the Movie: Stories of Undocumented Youth
Congress Invitation: U.S. Capitol Reception for the Documentary Film "Papers"
Bob Edwards Radio Show: Documentary Filmmakers Anne Galisky
Notas from the Beach: "Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth" explores what it means to be queer and undocumented
Colorlines: Six Documentaries Not on the Oscar List, but That Should Be on Yours
Listen to original music from the documentary: