Recently, Van was invited to participate as a guest judge for the Cortos Y Fuertes (Short and Strong) Student Film Competition.
Young people from all over the country submitted short films depicting personal stories of immigrants in their lives. Filmmakers were encouraged to investigate issues within their community and add their voice to the national dialogue on immigration reform.
Best Overall Film: Soledad: A Story of Deportation by Nadia Andrade, 21 years old
Age Category 18 years old and older: Love, Lucy by Lucia Allain, 21 years old
Age Category 14-17: Immigrant, Young and Proud by Alejandro Galeana-Salinas, 17 years old
A Better Life by Jose Torres, 17 years old
Age Category 13 years old and younger: Isha's Immigration Movie by Isha Sheemar, 12 years old
Renay's Immigration Movie by Renay Sharma, 11 years old
Cortos Y Fuertes /Short and Strong Film Competition is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE, the union of hotel and food service workers.