Andrea Patiño Contreras

Andrea Patiño Contreras
and Univision

In danger of deportation: a 360º Documentary Short Video Project


Project Statement

Produced in collaboration with the video features team at Univision Digital News, In Danger of Deportation is an urgent and intimate VR documentary series detailing the struggles of five different undocumented men and women trying to build a better future for themselves here in the US. From students shielded by the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to vulnerable parents facing possible prosecution by the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the scope of this project is wide ranging, grappling with the real world ramifications of institutional indifference.
The protagonists of these stories are resilient, have loved and suffered, and have committed mistakes. Their immigration status and future in this country are uncertain. We hope this project triggers a thoughtful and humane reflection about the lives of undocumented immiagrants and the risks that many of them face today.
—  Univision Digital News Video Team

Under this new administration, undocumented individuals and their families stand at a greater risk of deportation now more than ever before. This immersive 360° virtual reality (VR) experience highlights the anxieties unique to undocumented life in the US, exposing audiences to the injustices of a deeply flawed national immigration system.


Artist bio

Andrea is a visual journalist from Bogotá, Colombia, and has been living in the U.S. for the past seven years. In 2012 Andrea graduated from Duke University where she majored in cultural anthropology, and four years later got a master's degree in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of her work deals with immigration and global mobility. Andrea is currently based in Miami, where she is working as a video fellow for the video features team at Univision.