Visitor's Day (Día de Visita)

  • Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline


Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 10:00 AM
CFI Education screenings are open to school groups and general public
Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 14, 2016 5:45 PM
Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 1:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Viva el Cine
Mind the Gap
Running Time:75 min.
Director:Nicole Opper
Producer:Nicole Opper
Manuel Tsingaris
Carlo Corea
Cinematographer:Nicole Opper
Editor:Manuel Tsingaris
Carlo Corea
Print Source:Nicole Opper Productions
Note Writer:Cheryl Eddy


Three hours from Mexico City, at-risk boys thrive in a rural group home that offers counseling, job training, and perhaps most importantly, hope, something that few of the young residents have ever experienced. The title of this quietly observant documentary from Oakland filmmaker Nicole Opper refers to the most anticipated day at the facility—or the most heartbreaking, as in the case of lonely teenager Juan Carlos, a runaway who longs to reconnect with the father who abandoned him years ago. The film traces Juan’s complicated emotional journey, as he bonds with his new brothers at the home tending goats and working in their factory where they produce artisanal cheese. The journey is not without conflict or tears, but ultimately Visitor’s Day is an uplifting story of transformation and renewal and the possibility of a brighter future.

Guest in attendance 10/13, 10/14 & 10/16: Nicole Opper (director)

In association with Hanna Boys Center

Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
US 2016, 17 min
Director Vincent Cortez

One Latino boy’s journey through the YMCA Marin County Youth Court demonstrates how a unique peer-to-peer program can give troubled teens a second chance.

Guests in attendance 10/13, 10/14 & 10/16: Vincent Cortez (director), Don Carney (executive producer)

Included Shorts

Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline (17min) More

Additional Information

Nicole Opper is an Emmy nominated filmmaker who directed and produced the feature documentary Off and Running, an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and winner of ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and Best Documentary Screenplay at Silverdocs. The film was nationally broadcast on P.O.V. in 2010. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to direct Visitor's Day which is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures and The Independent Television Service. Other work includes the short documentary Mezzo, and the upcoming ITVS-supported web series The F Word . She also produced films for The Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was selected for Filmmaker Magazine annual  New Faces of Independent Film Nicole has taught filmmaking at Stanford University and San Francisco State University, among other schools. She lives in Oakland, CA with her wife and their dog.