DACAmented: The Documentary
WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2017-- Brown University senior and Washington, DC native St. Clair Detrick-Jules has released her latest short film, DACAmented, a 36-minute documentary which follows the the day-to-day lives of nine DACA recipients navigating life in the United States as their future in the country they call home hangs in limbo, caught in the crossfires of a fractured government which too often uses immigration as a game of political wins and losses.
Among the nine recipients of DACA--from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador Zambia, South Korea, and Trinidad & Tobago--are six college students, a medical student, a visual artist, and a young woman with Down syndrome unable to access proper treatment and health care due to her immigration status.
While many advocates of DACA focus on the intellectual and economic contributions of DACA recipients, Detrick-Jules’ documentary takes a humanistic approach: DACA recipients deserve justice simply because they are human beings. DACAmented also encourages discussion about broader immigration reform for the rest of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, as well as for those living in dire conditions abroad hoping to one day find refuge in the United States.
“I grew up in a neighborhood in DC often known as ‘Little Central America’ and I went to middle and high school with immigrants from all over the world, several of whom were undocumented,” notes Detrick-Jules, “so when DACA was rescinded, I knew my community would be affected, and I knew I had to do something to help.”
DACAmented is set to screen in 2018 in collaboration with the DC Afro Latino Caucus.
For a trailer of DACAmented, please click here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFkhUPW89GA (YouTube) or here: https://www.facebook.com/DACAmentedfilm/videos/166445727292336/ (Facebook).
For the full-length documentary, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHrcDi7GH5M (YouTube) or here: https://www.facebook.com/DACAmentedfilm/videos/167136720556570/ (Facebook).