The Lantern Series

Talks & Music Tour

Art. Advocacy. Conversation.

The Lantern Talks
 Free screening of the film,“The Undocumented Lawyer”: 1/23-1/29
A live Q&A of the film: 1/28

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The Lantern Talks

A series of online conversations that bridges art with advocacy in the fight for the rights of refugees. Join us for coffee and conversation.

January Events

The Undocumented Lawyer*: Lizbeth Mateo is an immigration attorney. She’s also undocumented. When a client takes sanctuary in a church, Lizbeth’s own experience guides their fight for justice.

*2020 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection.

Free Screening: 1/23 - 1/29

Join us for a lively discussion with the filmmakers, noon ET on Thursday, January 28.

Special guest host: Trudie Styler

Live Q&A - Noon, 1/28/21

Register for your free screening of the film “The Undocumented Lawyer.” You will have access to the film from January 23 to January 29, 2021.


About The Lantern Talks

The Lantern Talks is series of online conversations that bridges art with advocacy in the fight for the rights of refugees. Building on the success of the Lantern Tour (and as we continue to have to put the tour on hold due to COVID-19), the Lantern Talks will continue to advance WRC’s art and advocacy model of engagement.

The primary goal of the Lantern Talks is to create an informative and entertaining format of art, advocacy, and discussion (online for this year) that will engage audiences with all aspects of refugee issues. The Lantern Talks will feature filmmakers, musicians, journalists, and more.



January 28, 2021 Panelists will include:

Lizbeth is an activist, attorney, and the film’s protagonist. She’s also undocumented. She was sworn in as a lawyer in California, and pledged to uphold the constitution of a country that doesn’t recognize her as a citizen. Now, as both a lawyer and an undocumented immigrant, Mateo is fighting for asylum seekers and immigration reform.

Lizbeth Mateo

Lizbeth Mateo

Chris is one of the film’s directors and the co-founder of Optimist, a non-profit production studio that creates films with impact. His work has been featured on HBO, Netflix, and The Atlantic, and has helped raise over $91 million dollars for poverty alleviation and refugee support efforts.

Chris Temple

Chris Temple

Michelle Brané is the senior director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. One of the nation’s foremost experts on US asylum protections, migrant children, and detention policies for migrants, with more than three decades of experience in the field, Michelle conducts research and monitors policy, develops recommendations, and advocates for the critical protection needs of migrant women, children, and other vulnerable migrant populations in the United States while holding governments and policymakers accountable. She leads the program’s national advocacy on critical issues such as family separation, border policies, alternatives to detention, and unaccompanied children’s rights.

Michelle Brané

Michelle Brané

Special Guest Host

Trudie Styler is an actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, Unicef Ambassador, prize-winning breeder of Irish wolfhounds, organic farmer and winemaker.
 Styler is co-founder of the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to
 protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. Since 1991 she has raised nearly $40 million for its work, expanding into 18 countries across four continents.
  Styler has produced over 30 films including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Moon, and Still Alice. Her directorial debut Freak Show premiered in 2018. Styler was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University in recognition of her work for the environment and in the arts.

Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler


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