Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) is a film about courage, facing insurmountable obstacles and the determination to fight for justice. In an environment where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, 24 year-old Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being undocumented and sexually abused, an ordeal all too common in her community. We follow Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times as she becomes a beacon in a movement for national change. Along her journey Angy inspires her undocumented mother Maria to speak openly about her status as well. Through verite footage and candid interviews, we witness firsthand the all too real consequences faced by over 11 million undocumented people in America today, many of whom have no options for a pathway to citizenship.
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Mikaela Shwer – Director/Editor
Mikaela Shwer is an award-winning editor and filmmaker with a passion for bringing important stories to life. Her work was recognized early in her career when she won the “Emerging Editor” award with the short film 100 Mountains for the Adobe Real Ideas Studio student program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Mikaela has worked on numerous films for HBO, the Sundance Channel, and PBS, including the Peabody award-winning series Brick City as well as critically acclaimed independent films Call Me Kuchu and Like the Water. In 2012, Mikaela joined Steeplechase Films, working with Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns helping to bring vibrant documentaries to the screen. For Steeplechase Films she recently edited Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer, Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History, and American Ballet Theatre: A History for American Masters. No Le Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) will be her feature directorial debut.
Katie O’Rourke - Producer
Katie O’Rourke is a Minneapolis based producer and editor. Previously she worked with director Ric Burns on films for PBS's American Experience and American Masters including Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World, Death and the Civil War and American Ballet Theatre: A History. She also worked with HBO’s The Loving Story director Nancy Buirski on her film Afternoon of a Faun, a biography of the celebrated but tragic life of ballerina Tanaquil LeClercq. Additional credits include the Netflix documentary Enquiring Minds and short film on the history of Latin American immigration to New York, made for El Museo del Barrio and the New-York Historical Society.
Alexandra Nikolchev - Producer
Alexandra grew up in California’s Bay Area. She works and lives in New York City. Her past reporting on immigration includes "Crossing the Line at the Border," an Emmy award winning three-part broadcast investigation into the U.S. Border Patrol that aired on PBS's newsmagazine show Need to Know. Her work has also appeared on Moyers & Company and NBC news. Alexandra's previous documentary film credits include 12th and Delaware (Loki Films,) American Teacher and The Texas Promise (Big Year Productions.)
Arianna LaPenne - Cinematographer
Arianna Lapenne is a New York based Filmmaker and Cinematographer. She received a BFA in Film & TV from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with special program work in Havana, Cuba. She shoots documentary, TV, commercial, news, and non-profit work. Arianna's coverage of Hurricane Sandy was part of the New York Times breaking news video coverage that was awarded The Edward R Murrow Award this year. Arianna's video and photography has also been awarded by AI-AP, D&AD: Best Advertising & Design in the World, Photography Master's Cup, The One Club and has screened at Brooklyn Film Festival and Union Docs. A feature documentary Arianna shot last year in Cuba, about infamous artist Andres Serrano, will be broadcast by VICE next year. Arianna's cinematography can also be seen in the upcoming SHOWTIME documentary TV series, The Years Project, executive produced by George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ben Messelbeck - Composer
Ben Messelbeck is a composer and musician working in Southern California. His music has been featured in major motion pictures and television shows, along with various ad campaigns and branded content. In addition to composing, Ben is an active musician, currently writing and performing with Robert Francis, Juliette Commagere, Robert Schwartzman and Love on a Real Train.