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Documented’s “I Know What Pandemic Means” Film Wins Hispanic Access Award

Director Frisly Soberanis won the Next Generation Award for the "I Know What Pandemic Means" film, which was co-produced by Documented.

Director Frisly Soberanis was awarded the Next Generation Award by the Hispanic Access Foundation for the “I Know What Pandemic Means” film which was co-produced by Documented and Waterwell

Soberanis worked with members of Documented’s WhatsApp community to paint a stunning portrait of the lives of undocumented immigrants during the pandemic. Documented’s WhatsApp news service provides critical information for Spanish-speaking immigrants in the New York area. 

“I am thankful to the folks over at the Hispanic Access Foundation for creating space where our film could be screened and for the award we received,” Soberanis said. “A big shout out to the team who helped put the piece together and the folks who shared and trusted their stories with us.”

Soberanis received the award during the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Our Heritage, Our Planet film festival, held during Hispanic Heritage Month. The festival aims to celebrate the stories of Latino, Black, Indigenous and other people of color. According to the foundation, this year, the jury was composed of Black, Indigenous and other people of color creatives, activists, and personalities who work in cinema, culture, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. 

“It’s an honor to have had more than 1,000 Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color submit their films to the first-ever Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation.

You can read more about how we produced the “I Know What Pandemic Means” film here.

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