Little Ellis Island


Everyday, newly released detainees from the Buffalo Federal Detention Center are dropped off at a Citgo gas station and bus stop in the small town of Batavia, NY. They get no assistance from the U.S. government, but Citgo employee Mahesh Pandya, an Indian immigrant himself, makes sure these immigrants have food, water and a way to get to their families.    



Danielle Rose Bernstein

Danielle Bernstein is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she is a journalist, documentarian, painter and photographer. In addition to Little Ellis Island, she produced a feature length documentary, In Our Backyard, investigating the largely unknown issue of sex trafficking in Brooklyn. The film is currently in the festival circuit having won three awards, the most recent being “Best Feature Documentary” at the Big Apple Film Festival.