Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

This Is My Country

Nina Alvarez
Nina Alvarez

As President Trump doubles down on this war against immigrants, both documented and undocumented, hundreds of thousands of their U.S. born sons and daughters are or will be victims of forced family separations.  Almost 200,000 are the children of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, who, given the status requirements, are tax-paying model citizens with a zero crime conviction rate and no right to public benefits. Yet, Trump has terminated their lawful status and has ordered their deportation, and now 14 year-old Juan has two choices.  He can say goodbye to his parents and sister or join them in El Salvador, the most violent country in the western hemisphere, a country thousands are fleeing in droves. Left with an impossible choice, Juan and his family are fighting back in court, in Congress and the streets - to save the future of so many American children and families and perhaps even a bit of our humanity.

Nina Alvarez, Director & Producer

Nina Alvarez (Director, Producer) is a journalist, documentarian and video photographer. For over twenty-five years, she has reported breaking news and feature stories from around the world, on broadcast and web segments, radio reports and documentaries. She is the CBS Professor of International Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. This Is My Country is the first independent feature documentary Nina is producing and directing.

An important theme in Nina’s work is the experience of migration, historically and today. She has produced video reports on refugees, undocumented laborers, victims of violence or exploitation and children. In 2001, she crossed the desert border herself on assignment with ABC News Nightline. She was a producer on the Oscar-nominated film, Which Way Home (HBO, 2009). She directed an episode for the landmark PBS series, Latino Americans (2012), for which she received a Peabody Award and the Imagen Award. Her short film, Fields of Promise (PBS World Channel 2017), was part of the trilogy Class of 27, which was awarded the duPont Columbia Journalism Award.

Nina began her journalism career at ABC News, where she contributed to coverage recognized by three Emmy Awards, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, and the duPont Columbia Journalism Award. Since 2001, she has reported and produced news and longform stories for Univision, NBC, CNN, NPR, MTV News and Al Jazeera from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. From 2015 to 2017, she was also Senior Producer and writer at the Fusion/Netflix investigative series, The Naked Truth, which was recognized with the duPont Columbia Journalism Award, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, an Emmy nomination and the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism.

The rights of women and girls is also an important theme; among other work, Nina produced, directed and photographed the Showtime documentary, Very Young Girls, which follows the stories of several New York City girls who were sexually exploited and trafficked domestically.

Alvarez is a native New Yorker, daughter of Salvadorans and mother of a Salvadoran-Irish-French-American daughter.