This all-too-timely story follows four LGBTQ refugees who flee their home countries for the safety of the United States. While Syrian émigré Subhi becomes a public face for the queer refugee movement, Angolan lesbians Cheyenne and Mari, along with Junior, a gender-nonconforming person from the Congo, have a more difficult time navigating the labyrinth of bureaucracy. Director Tom Shepard takes a compassionate look at the American dream as it exists before and after the 2016 elections.
For 20 years, filmmaker Tom Shepard has produced, directed, edited, and distributed documentary films. Four of his feature projects – Scout’s Honor, Knocking, Whiz Kids, and The Grove – have aired nationally on PBS. Coverage of his work has been featured prominently in the U.S. and foreign press, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. Shepard’s films have played in more than 150 film festivals worldwide, including Full Frame, Silver Docs, and the Sundance Film Festival (where he won two top awards for Scout’s Honor in 2001.)
Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, decides to leave and change his life.