Without Papers



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Film Info
Program:Member Extras: Selected Shorts
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2016
Runtime:35 min
Festivals & Awards:2017 MSPIFF Official Selection
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Andrés A. Parra
Director:Andrés A. Parra
Producer:Andrés A. Parra
Eva S. Snitkin
Cinematographer:Andrés A. Parra
Screenwriter:Andrés A. Parra
Editor:Hannah Nemer
Andrés A. Parra


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About the film

This documentary highlights the struggles of Johana, a young and bright immigrant from Venezuela, who has been living in the US for more than 20 years… without papers.

Director Biography

An award winning Director/Producer and Cinematographer, Andrés is owner of VenUS Directions, Inc., which specializes in offering professional production services both nationally and internationally. Andrés has received international recognition for his work as Director and Cinematographer. Some of his awards include: Official selection for the 2017 MSPIFF (Without Papers), Best Documentary at the 2017 Saint Paul Frozen Film Festival for Without Papers, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (Without Papers) January 2017 Edition, Bronze Medal award from The New York Festivals and Telly award for his camera work in the documentary Building a New World; Silver Cindy award, Gold New York Festival award, Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival award, Finalist award from The New York Festivals, Finalist Telly award and top honors at the 1997 ITVA National Festival for his work as Director of Photography for Bertha Iron Boy, a documentary produced for AIDS Films in New York and broadcast on PBS. As a Director of Photography, Andrés also worked for 2 years as part of a team of photographers for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, a project founded by Film Director Steven Spielberg.

Filmmaker Q&A with Director Andrés A. Parra

What in particular drew you to this story?

Growing up with Johana's mom in Venezuela, I always felt very close to the family and once I heard that Johana had been accepted as a DACA recipient, I was so elated that all I could think about was that I needed to tell their story.

What are you working on now, what’s next for you?

I just finished a feature length documentary called Terminally Optimistic The story of 3 women and their adjustment to living life with metastatic breast cancer.

Any advice for emerging filmmakers?

Stay the course and reach out to other filmmakers and exchange ideas. Also, the story is the protagonist so be authentic and true to the story. It may change some as you film but that is part of the process. Be passionate, ask for feedback and keep learning.

What is it about MSPIFF or festivals in general that is important to you?

want my films to reach as broad an audience as possible and film festivals are a great way to do that and receive feedback on the films I make.

What are you watching?

Documentary series (Immigration nation, Free Solo, Class Action Park), narratives (Critical Thinking, The High Note) These are just some samples but I do take inspiration from any media. My main objective is to create something that I'm passionate about and translate that passion to the screen.

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VenUS Directions