About the Film
This project illustrates the lives of undocumented immigrants and young refugees as they face challenges while integrating with their communities.
The story follows the lives of two young people navigating the struggles and barriers of building a life in America’s current social climate -- an undocumented Mexican immigrant and a young Syrian refugee. As these two work toward different leadership positions in their communities, we see what it looks like for them to create a home, cultivate an identity, and become “American.” The film follows these young characters in depth as they break the barriers to being an “outsider” in America, and prove that the adversity and hardship they face in our current political climate is being used as fodder to build even stronger and more courageous communities.
The story is pertinent now because of the aggressive policy changes and rhetoric that has prevailed since the 2016 election. The fabric of our culture is rapidly changing with increasing demographic changes, and the effects of those changes should be humanized through personal stories to afford audience a chance to connect with the individuals that make up their own communities that they may not interact with on a day-to-day basis.