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“Documented” - JSRI Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

October 8, 2021, 12:00 PM

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Brenda Pilar photo.jpgThe documentary film follows the citizenship journey of Brenda Pilar-Ayala, an MSU student who crossed the border with her mother and siblings when she was only a few months old. Through a poem, she details a childhood in which she rejected her "sunkissed skin" and her life of hiding. We learn from expert interviews that Brenda is one of 454,000 undocumented college students. Her story has a positive ending in which she obtains a Green Card, changing her citizenship status from DACA to documented status.


This film is part of a multimedia project called "The Documented: Oral Histories of Spartan Students"

Co-Sponsored by the School of Journalism, College of Communications Arts &
Sciences and the MSU Diversity Research Network