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OAKLAND—World Premiere of UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA
April 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm16$
OAKLAND—Experience the world premiere of this powerful and heartbreaking documentary at the SFFILM Festival. A portrayal of the challenging process that LGBTQ refugees must go through to find safety and security while starting over in the US, Tom Shepard’s inspiring new documentary UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA profiles four people who have come to San Francisco to save their own lives. Over the course of this unforgettable group portrait, Subhi (from Syria), Junior (from Congo), and Mari and Cheyenne (from Angola) experience roadblocks and triumphs as they reflect on their respective histories and try to create a home for themselves in an environment that is not always welcoming. Once in San Francisco, they are met with setbacks but each maintains hope for a better future – Mari and Cheyenne record an album, Subhi starts a tour speaking on behalf of Syrian refugees and finds love, while Junior faces challenges of homelessness and gender non-conformance. Witnessing their different experiences in the city, UNSETTLED urgently and poignantly examines the systems in place to help them that can only go so far in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. It is their hope paired with the empathetic people willing to help them that gives them opportunities to overcome even the toughest obstacles.