Immigrants' Rights Activist Angy Rivera Talks Documentary, 'No Le Digas a Nadie'


Growing up, Angy Rivera didn’t discuss her immigration status. "No le digas a nadie" ("don’t tell anyone"), her mother would instruct her. But next week, millions of people tuning into PBS will learn that Rivera, who migrated to the U.S. from Colombia when she was just three years old, is undocumented.

PLUS: WATCH: This Video Busts Immigration Myths in Less Than Three Minutes

On Sept. 21, the broadcast network will air Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie), a documentary capturing Rivera’s story so far. From "coming out" about her status nearly five years ago in front of New York’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office and interacting with her U.S.-born siblings to revealing that she was sexually abused by her stepfather as a child and applying for (and receiving) a U visa, the film, directed by filmmaker Mikaela Shwer, captures the experiences of undocumented women and complicates dominant narratives of immigrant youth. had the opportunity to talk with Rivera during the New York screening of Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) in June. Above, watch the empowering colombiana discuss the film, her work and the innumerable challenges facing the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., because, as Rivera notes, the "fight for immigrants’ rights is way more beyond immigration papers."

MORE: Documentary Sheds Light on the Perils Immigrant Latinas Encounter When Home

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) will premiere nationally on PBS Sept. 21 at 10 p.m., and it will also be available for streaming online between Sept. 22 and Oct. 21. Watch a trailer of the film below.