About

The project

Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students, who from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples.  In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog.  Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Year: 2019
Runtime: 54 minutes
Language: English
Country: United States

film by:

Directors: Sawyer Broadley & Jill Baron
Producers: Jill Baron, Óscar Rubén Cornejo Cásares ’17, Melissa Padilla ’17
Videography: Sawyer Broadley, Media Production Group, Communications Office
Editor: Sawyer Broadley
Post-production assistance: Barbara Olachea Lopez Portillo ’19
Map visualization: James L. Adams

team bios:

Óscar Rubén Cornejo Cásares is a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 2017, double majoring in Sociology and Native American Studies. He is now a sociology Ph.D. student at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the intersections of undocumented migration, race, and social movements.

Melissa Padilla is a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 2017, majoring in Latin American, Latin@ & Caribbean Studies. She currently lives in Atlanta where she works in consulting. In the future, she hopes to continue making films about the stories and lives of people of color, women and immigrant communities. 

Sawyer Broadley is a freelance and full-time video professional for the past 10+ years, lives with his wife and their cat in Massachusetts and works throughout New England. He grew up in Canaan, New Hampshire and received a BA in English and Film Studies at Dartmouth College (graduating in 2008). Sawyer enjoys working with educators, scientists, and businesses to tell stories that have positive impacts. In his free time he designs soft goods, rides bicycles, reads books, and drinks tea.

Jill Baron is the librarian for romance languages and Latin American, Latin@ & Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College.  She received her masters in library and information science from Rutgers University, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and her BA in French and comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College.  She lives in Vermont with her family.  This is her first feature-length documentary film.

featuring:

  • Óscar Rubén Cornejo Cásares ’17
  • Melissa Padilla ’17
  • Estéfani Marín ’17
  • Eduardo Misael Najera Ortega ’14
  • Lourdes Gutíerrez Nájera
  • Claudia Anguiano Evans-Zepeda
  • Tina Gross
  • John DeSantis
  • Jill Baron
  • US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20th District)
  • US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District)

generously funded by: