Unified Struggle

During the first 6 months of the 2017 Trump presidency, undocumented communities throughout the United States experienced calculated large-scale deportation raids labeled as national "security and safety" measures. Trump's campaign promise to "build the wall" lead to the expansion of family separation, travel bans, mass incarceration, sexual violence, forced sterilizations and extrajudicial killings.

But the violence didn't begin with Trump.

Under the Obama administration, 3 million undocumented people were detained and deported. The struggle of undocumented men, women and children was overrun by a corrupt system supported by racist policies, incarceration expansion and media disinformation. Unified Struggle delivers a powerful narrative featuring one families 10-year struggle against deportation in a "sanctuary city". This short documentary film weaves threads of abolition, anti-racism, justice, motherhood and activism deeply rooted in Seattle, Washington.

"Unified Struggle" tackles deportation, justice and activism - Atoosa Sonia Moinzadeh, Seattle Globalist

  • Christy X-Nc17
    Walking with Heroes
  • Christy X-Nc17
    Wake UP! Occupy Seattle
  • Christy X-Nc17
    Local Treasure
  • Giday "Dede" Adhanom- Swan, Derek Swan, King Swan, Giddera Swan, Gilajah Swan and Derek Swan Jr.
    Key Cast
  • William Pierce
    Rescue, Walking with Heroes, The Journey of MOMs Plus, The West Seattle Helpline, Wake UP! Occupy Seattle, Local Treasure, Creative people of conscience and The Environmental Science Center.
  • Mike Skopstov
    Assistant Editor
    Walking with Heroes & The West Seattle Helpline
  • William Pierce
    Director of Photography
    Rescue, Walking with Heroes, The Journey of MOMs Plus, The West Seattle Helpline, Wake UP! Occupy Seattle, Local Treasure, Unified Struggle, Creative people of conscience and The Environmental Science Center.
  • Oopz
    Original Music
    The West Seattle Helpline, Local Treasure and The Environmental Science Center
  • Eric Sanders
    Original Music
  • Courtney Bailey
    Sound Mix and Design
    Local Treasure and The Environmental Science Center
  • Nandia Baterdene
    Motion Graphics
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Social Justice, AbolishICE, StopDeportations, Community, Justice, Abolition, Anti-Racism
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Seattle WA
    October 26, 2014
  • Freshest Roots - Fresh Giving event at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
    Seattle WA
    December 6, 2014
  • University of Washington Law School
    Seattle WA
    February 25, 2014
  • University of Washington School of Social Work
    November 21, 2014
    May 6, 2014
  • Bayview Retirement Home Film Festival
    April 25, 2014
Director Biography - Christy X-Nc17

I am Christy X, sometimes Christy Nc17, Mixed BIPOC, Queer, Anti-Racist filmmaker [beyond the scope of social justice], granny and, community builder [co-conspirator/accomplice].

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Director Statement

By the age of four, I knew that film was my passion, and at 36, I was driven to finally pursue my dream. As a single parent, I successfully completed my AAS degree through the Seattle Central Community College Film and Video program in June of 2011. My desire to capture the raw beauty of reality drew me into documentary filmmaking, heart first. My process is straightforward and simple, it begins with a passionate and well planned idea, supported by countless hours of research, and the perseverance and guts to seek out all the right contacts, staffing the project with a top notch crew and scheduling the entire documentary in pre-production. But most importantly: I uncover the heartbeat and pulse that lives in the body of each story. My life experience inspires me to tackle controversial issues, support underrepresented groups, and showcase challenging topics with integrity and truth. The combination of my creativity, self-motivation, compassion, and technical skills enhance my unique style of filmmaking. When creating a film, I stay true to my vision, and focus on the bigger picture. I am firmly rooted in my ideas and concepts, from the beginning of the script writing process, until the very end, when we add the finishing touches during editing.

Specialties: What some folks refer to as Cinema Verite; I refer to as - street style shooting.