Youth Breaking Borders

Echoes of Iemanja: This short film is the story of Iris, a young undocumented Haitian immigrant trying to realize the American dream. Drowning in the pursuit of an unachievable goal, Iris must find a way to stay afloat. In her darkest moment, Iris is drawn to the sea and finds guidance in the echoes of Iemanja.

Youth Breaking Borders (YBB) is our intensive popular education and leadership program for immigrant and refugee youth. In YBB, immigrant youth produce critical media that aims to challenge dominant oppressive narratives about immigrants. The films have been used as educational tools to challenge islamophobia, anti-blackness and to uplift the particular struggles of young immigrants of mixed status. 

YBB’s most recent production centers around the story of Iris, a young Haitian immigrant student, who faces many of the struggles that result from her family’s Temporary Protected Status. 

From left to right Youth Breaking Borders Youth Producers Yara Barbosa and Alexnyves Pierre-Louis of Echoes of Iemanja.

On Echoes: "A lot of these communities are now under threat by the president because their TPS (temporary protected status) is about to end…for example I’m Haitian myself. people in my community are under threat because in January TPS is about to end…. by including that in our movie we are encouraging our youth and our people to talk about it…by talking about it, we hope to encourage our representatives to push our deadlines." Alex Nyves, youth producer, Youth Breaking Borders

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