Back in November, Games for Change announced our new partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Alumni program. A new addition to the grants and other opportunities the program is offering independent filmmakers is the Games for Change Fellowship. The chosen alum will be mentored by the organization and its advisors, helping him or her in their thinking around the creation of a game to extend their film project and reach new audiences. The fellowship recipient will also have a complimentary accreditation to the 8th Annual Games for Change Festival.
Yesterday (April 29), Games for Change co-presidents presented the award to Marco Williams, and his project “The Undocumented”. The award was given as part of a red-carpet luncheon at the Tribeca Institute, in the presence of the founders of Tribeca, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and other directors and actors.
The Undocumented is a feature length documentary chronicling the deadly summer months in Arizona and follows six characters who are all dedicated to locating and identifying migrants who have crossed the Mexican border and lost their lives, seeking the American dream. “[This film will allow audiences] to really realize the situation these people are living, why they want to come to this country, and the suffering they go through in search of a better life. For the American dream they lose everything. They leave their dream in the desert,” says Jeronimo Garcia, one of the film’s subjects.
The film hopes to humanize the statistics related to the death of these migrant workers. Opening the documentary is the discovery of a corpse. Thus begins the journey to identify the body, located the family, learn of his motivations for leaving, and finally giving his body a proper burial in his native country. Audiences will see the issue from multiple perspectives from a man born in privilege seeking to help those less fortunate, a legal Mexican resident – turned Border Patrol agent who believes in the law but struggles with his fundamental beliefs, a local human rights activist, and more. “The bottom line is, it would be nice if we reached a time where no one has to die crossing the desert” says Dr. Bruce Parks, the forensic doctor the film also follows.
Stay connected with Games for Change as we will have more information about this on-going transmedia project.
To learn more about The Undocumented, visit their website: