The Unafraid


Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:00pm
Washington U./Brown

“The Unafraid” follows three Dreamers — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients — in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualified them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, the film takes an intimate look at the lives of students Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo as they become impassioned activists, pursuing their right to education while fighting for the rights of their families and communities. “The Unafraid” powerfully shows what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. The New York Times writes of the featured trio: “Their tenacity is inspiring; their struggles disheartening. When the students occasionally break down, we’re reminded that beneath their hard exterior, they’re still so young.”

87 min.
English & Spanish

Directed by

Heather Courtney & Anayansi Prado



Film Category

Human Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Spanish-Language Focus Women in Film Spotlight


Education Human Rights Immigration School Youth


With a post-film discussion with Nicole T.S. Cortés, co-director and attorney for Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project, and DACA recipient Brayan Mejia.

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with



St. Clair Detrick-Jules

Profiles of nine Dreamers — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients — from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Zambia, South Korea, and Trinidad & Tobago.

17 min.