Where are they Wednesdays: Stories of UNCW Spanish Alumni

Hillary Pierce Class of 2007, Spanish BA

Why did you study Spanish?

I had always wanted to become fluent in Spanish and also enjoyed learning about various cultures in Spanish speaking nations.

How do you use Spanish now?

I am a documentary filmmaker. Many of my films involve Spanish language subjects and deal with issues, such as immigration, that are of great relevance to Spanish speaking audiences. My most recent film, THE RIVER AND THE WALL, explores the potential impacts of further border wall construction on the Texas/Mexico border, and also shares the story of a first generation Guatemalan American and his family who entered the US undocumented. I have been working in film and documentary specifically since graduating UNCW and won an Emmy in 2017.