Just in time, filmmaker Diego Estrada releases “When They Come For Me,” a film based on the poem by Alejandro Jiménez.
Alejandro Jiménez is a spoken-word and performance poet, educator, and avid distance runner from Colima, Mexico. Arriving in the United States as an undocumented immigrant in 1995 and working as a farm worker for over 10 years in Oregon, he now resides in Denver, CO working with youth in Denver and tries to instill in them the power of words. His poems have appeared in multiple anthologies and literary magazines. Alejandro had the honor and privilege to write and read a poem for the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Dolores Huerta. He is a 2-time National Poetry Slam Semi-finalist with Slam Nuba (2012 & 2017), Southern Fried Poetry Slam Runner-up (2017) & 2017 TEDxMileHigh Speaker. He recently self-published his first collection of poems in his book Moreno. Prieto. Brown. The film is part love story and part resistance, Alejandro’s poem brings to light the difficult conversations that undocumented immigrants have with their loved ones. While fear may be used as a tool to oppress communities, this poem illustrates that an immigrant’s spirit/memory is not easily erased nor caged.