ART Around Town: Independent Film, The Unafraid

Article written by Jessica Slaughter, Executive Director of NCLAC

NCLAC will present The Unafraid from director/producer team Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Dixie Center for the Arts next week on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm. Following a screening of the film, Heather Courtney will participate in a Q&A discussion with the audience about the film and her work. Tickets for the film are available at the door: $5 general admission, $3 students, NCLAC members free. Now is a perfect time to renew your membership, giving you free admission to all of our films this season! 

The Unafraid is a new documentary that follows the lives of three young DACA recipients in Georgia. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, and is subject to renewal. 

Because of their status, the students in the film are banned from attending the top state universities and are disqualified from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Living in the grey area of immigration status and knowing only life as an American, these three students learn to navigate activism, pursue their right to education, and fight for the rights of their families and communities.  

Co-director/producer Courtney, who will be here with us, is a filmmaker whose work has screened at SXSW, Silverdocs and others, and aired nationally on the PBS programs POV and Independent Lens. Her film Where Soldiers Come From won an Emmy Award, the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, and a SXSW Jury Award. Her award-winning films Los Trabajadores and Letters from the Other Side aired nationally on PBS, and were supported by a Fulbright fellowship and others. She was named a 2014 Guggenheim fellow. 

The topic of the film is timely, and if offers a glimpse into important situations of which we may not be aware, and of which we may not often hear the other side.  

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 NCLAC will preface the screening with a Lawn Party outside the Dixie Center from 5:30-6:45, with music from Hal Mayfield and pop up food from Mi Casa Taquiera. Admission to the Lawn Party is free.  

We are grateful for the support of Gale & Willis Reed, Hampton Inn by Hilton of Ruston, and First National Bank for their sponsorship of The Unafraid. Come by for a date night and enjoy dinner, entertainment, popcorn, and a movie! 

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

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