Logo and ACLU Partner for the Premiere of Logo Documentary Films' "Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America"
Friday, September 1st at 8PM ET/PT
The Doc Sheds Light on One Man's Fight for the "American Dream" In a Country That Does Not Recognize His Existence
New York, NY, August 17, 2017 – The Emmy® Award-Winning Logo Documentary Films and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today announced a partnership to promote the broadcast premiere of Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America. The documentary, which follows Moises Serrano, an undocumented immigrant and gay man born in Mexico and raised in North Carolina, fighting for the American dream, will premiere Friday, September 1 at 8PM ET/PT.
The goal of the partnership is to inform the public of the struggles and stigmas placed upon individuals facing similar challenges as Serrano, while highlighting the civil rights and liberties that constitutionally apply to every individual living in the United States, regardless of their status.
"When we learned about Moises' bravery and desire to fight for the 11 million other undocumented immigrants in America, we knew we had to give him and his story more visibility," said Taj Paxton, Vice President of Logo's Documentary Films. "Working with the ACLU, we hope to inspire young people to take action so success stories like Moises' become commonplace."
"For Moises and nearly 800,000 other young people across the country, DACA is a lifeline. It has empowered Dreamers to live, work, and pursue their futures in the United States, their home. Young immigrants like Moises made DACA possible through their advocacy and bravery. We must follow in their footsteps and urge Congress to pass long overdue legislation that gives Dreamers the legal status that they deserve," said Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union.
In addition to tuning in for the premiere of Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America, viewers can participate in the campaign by:
- Sign the petition urging Congress to pass the Dream Act now at https://www.aclu.org/DreamAct_logo
- Tuning in to a Facebook Live conversation on immigration and the LGBTQ community with Moises Serrano, an ACLU representative and more on Thursday, August 31st at 5:30PM ETat facebook.com/logo.
- Finding ways to take action and learn more at forbidden.logotv.com
- Contribute to the hashtag #NobodyIsForbidden by sharing a video answering "Why do you stand up for Immigrant rights?" on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.
For more information on Forbidden, visit: http://logo.to/2uXtQwq or http://www.forbiddendoc.com/, and view the trailer here: http://www.logotv.com/video-clips/hc518r. For more information on the ACLU, visit https://www.aclu.org.
An official selection at both the 2016 Newfest Film Festival in NYC and the 2016 Outfest Film Festival where it received the Freedom Award, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America is produced by Heather Mathews and Tiffany Rhynard and directed by Rhynard. Taj Paxton and Pamela Post are overseeing the project for Logo.
Pamela Post serves as Logo's SVP of Original Programming and Development, and Taj Paxton serves as VP of Logo Documentary Films.
Logo is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories. Logo is part of Viacom's Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.
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