November 14: Fresh Docs Screening of “Undocumented and Unafraid”

Students in "The U.S./Mexico Border" course at Duke University. Class discussion often drifted to everyday borders that the students experience in North Carolina. Film still from "Undocumented and Unafraid," directed by Charles Thompson and shot and edited by Sarah Garrahan.

Students in “The US/Mexico Border” course at Duke University. Class discussion often drifted to everyday borders that the students experience in North Carolina. Film still from “Undocumented and Unafraid,” directed by Charlie Thompson.

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of director Charlie Thompson’s Undocumented and Unafraid as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker in which the audience participates, providing valuable feedback.

Undocumented and Unafraid
Friday, November 14, 7 p.m.

Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina
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Fifteen participants in a Duke University course, “The US/Mexico Border,” explore the meaning of borders, immigration, and access to education in America. Four of them are non-students and non-citizens. They act, for a semester, as if barriers to their education no longer exist. Undocumented and Unafraid, directed by Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Charlie Thompson, follows the lives of the four “guest” students, along with the eleven “regular” students who go through the semester with them, exploring their diverse pasts and gaining insights into citizenship, entitlement, and identity in America. In the end, the students have broken down personal barriers and stereotypes . . . but one major barrier remains.

Undocumented and Unafraid was shot and edited by Sarah Garrahan, a 2014 graduate of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts.

Charlie Thompson is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University and director of the B.N. Duke Scholarship Program.  Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from UNC-Chapel Hill.  The author of six books and director of four previous films, Thompson’s latest works are the 2014 short, Faces of Time and his 2011 book, Spirits of Just Men. His forthcoming book, Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide (with accompanying website and photography) will be released in spring 2015 (University of Texas Press).

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