Colour, Black & White
Spanish, English (English Subtitles)
First in a series exploring ICE's policies in the Covid era. The geography of the process of deportation and the story of a woman struggling to raise two children in the face of police state injustice. Translation of English to Spanish allows people to grasp the importance of an immigrant-led movement against xenophobic policies. A first-hand perspective of sanctuary in the Covid era. Santuario is the first act in an ongoing series of documentary shorts exploring ICE's policies and their effects on immigrant families. The geography of the process of deportation is described, and the story of a woman struggling to raise two children in the face of police state injustice. Translation of English to Spanish allows people to grasp the importance of an immigrant-led movement against xenophobic policies. A community seeking redemption, the church's decision to take in an immigrant, and the experiencing over 2 years of isolation to evade the destruction of a Honduran-American family. Interviews with Miriam and local social justice organizers with local newspapers, news clips, and BBC footage. The incorporation of experimental art and a score composed by three local artists. Illustrations to illuminate the experiences of Miriam's daughters. A phenomenological study. Miriam is experiencing what can only be described as emotional and physical abuse of a peaceful family by a reactionary government. The toll this takes on members of the community, the financial repercussions, and the political meaning of these events was documented and leaves the audience with a sense of urgency. Miriam has been living in sanctuary for over 900 days. Both Miriam and Pastor Sally Padgett had COVID-like symptoms, and Miriam struggles with a number of health complications. Her daughter has a learning disability. Uprooted and threatened, the only solution is a coordinated effort to petition legislators and educate people about this travesty.
It’s an important contribution to hear Miriam’s story in her own words. Nicely shot and edited.