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Unpacking portrays the reality of the undocumented immigration of Dominican women to Puerto Rico. Through the stories of these women, we approach the harsh reality that is “the crossing”: a trip that begins in a “yola”—in which they are completely unprotected—and ends in Puerto Rico, the place in which they hope to fulfill their dream of a better future for their family left behind in the Dominican Republic.

Despite the constant violence they suffer, and being victims of a system that oppresses them due to their situation of illegality, of being Dominican and being black women, their voices contain the obstinacy of wanting to live fully and to ensure a decent future for them, their families and for the communities they belong to in Puerto Rico.

Unpacking screens as part of Dateline Caribbean: Documentary Shorts on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 am.

DIRECTOR: Annabelle Mullen Pacheco
COUNTRY: Puerto Rico
LANGUAGE: Spanish with English subtitles
DURATION: 22 minutes
YEAR: 2019
Genre: Documentary
TYPE: Short Films

About the Director

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Mullen, a lawyer by profession and a producer by vocation, has produced fiction and documentary films. Under her company, Belle Films (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Spain), founded in 2013, she develops audiovisual content in an artisanal way that touches upon social and political issues to be told through film. Her most recent projects include documentaries such as The Last Colony (2014) and fiction films such as El Hombre que Cuida (PR-Dom. Rep. -Brazil co-production, 2017) and El Chata (Puerto Rico, 2018). In 2017, she won the Movistar+ Development Award at Conecta Fiction with her comedy series Love in Times of Tinder. Recently, she completed the MPXA, a Masters Program in Executive Production by the University of A Coruña, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and the Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre Foundation. Unpacking is her first attempt at directing a short documentary.


Little Haiti Cultural Complex

212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2020
TIME: 11:00 am