Award-Winning Film by Doctoral Student Tasha Darbes Explores the Experience of Undocumented Students

Tasha Darbes, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is the winner of the American Educational Research Association’s Best Amateur Film competition. Admissions: Student Stories from Undocumented America, created with with Chloe Smolarski, is a character driven, feature-length creative nonfiction film exploring the stories of four undocumented students at American universities.

“Taking its cue from its subjects, Admissions is a brilliant un/documentary on the psychological textures and folds of undocumented students,” writes Chuck Jackson, an associate professor at the University of Houston.