An encore screening of the documentary Undocumented will be held at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m. Undocumented premiered at The Cinema 20 months ago, where it sold out two shows and earned standing ovations at each. Since then the documentary has been screened in eight film festivals and won nine awards and honors.
Undocumented is the inspirational and compelling story of one man who came to this country as a 13-year-old undocumented immigrant. His family endured years of separation, with the parents working long hours and days for meager wages to save enough to bring their sons to America. This family risked everything to reach the land of their dreams. Harold Fernandez and his 11-year-old brother fled Medellin, Colombia—then considered the drug and murder capital of the world—and traveled with adult strangers in a small boat through the treacherous Bermuda Triangle during hurricane season. The Fernandez family themselves suffered unsolved murders of seven family members.
Once here, Harold struggled to learn a new language and keep up with his American classmates. Through hard work, perseverance and with the unfailing love of his family, he went on to be valedictorian of his high school. Then he applied to and was accepted at Princeton University. It was there that his undocumented status was exposed, endangering everything he and his family had worked so hard to achieve.
Ultimately he triumphed; through the compassion of powerful people he gained his citizenship, graduated from Princeton and Harvard Medical School and is now one of the top cardiac surgeons in New York State, using his skills to save countless lives. This is a quintessential example of the American Dream, and puts a human face on today’s bitter debate about immigration.
The film’s screening will be followed by a talk and Q-and-A session with Dr. Fernandez and filmmakers Patricia Shih and Greg Blank, all Huntington residents. Immediately after, there will be a reception with food and wine, a meet-and-greet and a book-signing of Dr. Fernandez’s autobiography upon which the film is based.
Patricia is a multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter well-known for her music for families and adults. She has nine albums and two books to her credit, hosted a daily Cablevision TV show for children and is now turning her talents to filmmaking. This is her first full-length feature film.
Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave., Huntington.
Tickets cost $25 for the general public and $20 for CAC members. Click here for tickets.
For more information, visit www.undocumenteddoc.com.