Define American Film Festival Is Aiming To Change The Immigration Narrative Through Storytelling

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Define American‘s mission is to engage people in the immigration debate using the stories of those being impacted. As a way of carrying the conversation, the immigration advocacy organization is hosting a film festival May 11 through May 13 in Charlotte, N.C. The festival will showcase different documentaries that touch on the myriad aspects surrounding the immigration and race debate in the U.S. Here are a few of the documentaries that will be shown at the Define American Film Festival.

1. Residenté

“Residenté” follows Calle 13 rapper, René Pérez, a.k.a. Residenté, as he travels the world to discover his roots. After having a DNA test, Residenté plans a trip around the world to trace where his family is from and tell the stories of locals in the places he visits. The experience is deeply connected to an album he created that incorporates all parts of his ancestry including languages, instruments, and folklore to tell a complete story about who Pérez is as a person and the connection shared by all people in the world.

2. Forbidden: Undocumented And Queer In Rural America

“Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America” explores the intersectionality of being both queer and undocumented in a rural community in North Carolina. The documentary follows the life of Moises Serrano as he juggles life on the fringe through the Real ID Act of 2005, getting accepted to college and figuring out his finances to afford school, love, and the fragile balance as a DACA beneficiary. The Real ID Act of 2005 came when Serrano was about to graduate high school with a hope of going to college. The act made it so undocumented people were not allowed to have driver’s licenses or government issued ID’s which effectively blocked undocumented people from going to school, getting work, and driving a car.

3. Dolores

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There isn’t a trailer for this documentary but the title kind of gives you all you need to know. “Dolores” documents the life, fight, and experience of one of the most iconic activists among Latinos, Dolores Huerta. The documentary dives into her time with the farm workers in Delano, Calif. as well as her teaming up with the iconic women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem. The documentary also gives viewers a look into her personal life including loves, children, and her home life.

4. White People

Jose Antonio Vargas, the founder of Define American, is also having a film showing during the film festival. Titled “White People,” Antonio Vargas along with MTV made a documentary exploring race in America from the young, white perspective. The provocative documentary makes people uncomfortable as they tackle the issue of race in America during a conversation with young white Americans and how they navigate the touchy subject.

READ: Latino, Gay, and Undocumented in the Rural South

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Simone Biles Scored A Perfect DWTS Score To Demi Lovato's 'Skyscraper' But Was Still Voted Off


Simone Biles Scored A Perfect DWTS Score To Demi Lovato’s ‘Skyscraper’ But Was Still Voted Off

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She absolutely nailed her dance.

On a recent episode of “Dancing With The Stars,” Simone Biles gave Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” the rumba treatment and nailed it. Her dance, with partner Sasha Farber, was flawless. The judges gave the couple a perfect score (their second of the night) but it was up to the audience to vote on who got to stay and who went home. After the votes were tallied and everything was said and done, Biles, along with her perfect scores, were sent packing, to the judges astonishment. The performance was beautiful and Biles proved that she was the competitor to beat as she and Farber slayed the dance floor.

Demi Lovato was hyping Biles’ performance on Twitter before the show.


And Biles responded like all the other fangirls that want to be in Lovato’s personal Twitter Rolodex.

Such promise just hours before the show.

The couple showed off several impressive dips.

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That is three moving dips back to back. Don’t try it at home.

And they even performed a masterful twirl.

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But when the votes were tallied, this was how the judges reacted:

There has been some speculation from fans that Biles was voted off in reaction to the previous episode, when asked why she wasn’t smiling. Biles told the judges, “smiling doesn’t win gold medals.” It’s now a T-shirt, fyi.

Fans are shook (and pissed) that America let Biles down.

It’ll be okay, Snooki.

Some even started #JusticeForSimone, because Twitter.

But Biles kept her head up and handled her shocking defeat with grace.

Lovato hasn’t spoken or tweeted about Biles’ elimination.

You can watch Demi Lovato’s video for “Skyscraper” below.

READ: Carlos Pena Vega’s Biggest DWTS Moment Was Definitely Not His Dancing

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