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April 17, 2019 @ 12:30 pm

Four people of different races, genders, and sizes, stand on a street at the top of a hill looking down over a cityscape.

SAN FRANCISCO—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.

Director Tom Shepard has worked as a producer, editor, and cinematographer, as well as a director. He made his feature directing debut with SCOUT’S HONOR (2001), winner of a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary, the Best Documentary Audience Award at Frameline, and the Documentary Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-directed KNOCKING (2006), directed WHIZ KIDS (2009), and was collaborating director on AS SHE IS (2016).

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

Victoria Theatre
2961 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 8 pm

Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Tickets are $16, available on-sale to the public after March 22.

This film is supported by a California Documentary Project Grant.

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America


Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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