Home Is Somewhere Else

(Mi casa está en otra parte)
Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos | Documentary, Animation

2022 | 87 minutes | Mexico, United States

Three animated stories, voiced by real families,  offer an intimate window into the hearts and minds of immigrant Latin youth. A powerful reminder of how the color of your passport determines your life.

Synopsis

An estimated 11 million undocumented migrants are living in the United States under the constant threat of sudden deportation. What is it like to grow up in such a situation?

Home Is Somewhere Else shares the rich complexity of the emotional experiences of immigrant children and families to better understand and empathize with them. It invites discussion about the need for a new US migratory model based on respect for human rights for all.

In this documentary animation, three young immigrants tell their stories. Eleven-year-old Jasmine fears being separated from her undocumented parents and sets off to become an activist to protect families like her own.

Reviews

"Draws, in a simple and beautiful way, the complex reality of millions of people." – Alejandro González Iñárritu

"An earnest call for empathy in a country that is witnessing an unprecedented influx of immigrants." – Emiliano Granada, Variety

"Imaginative drawings that allow for greater intimacy and understanding." – The Film Veredic

"Profoundly unique." – The Takeaway / WNYC

"A window into the hearts and minds of immigrant youth and their undocumented families." – Rose Aguilar, Bee Soll, KALW 91.7 FM Bay Area

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Main credits

Hagerman, Carlos (film director)
Hagerman, Carlos (screenwriter)
Hagerman, Carlos (film producer)
Villalobos, Jorge (film director)
Villalobos, Jorge (screenwriter)
Villalobos, Jorge (film producer)
Rendón, Guillermo (film producer)

Other credits

Editing, Inger Díaz-Barriga Leal [and 3 others]; music, Javier Álvarez; animation, Alejandro García "Male", Sarah Páramo, Andrea Mondragón.


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Festivals

Montclair Film Festival - Winner NJ Films Competition; San Diego Latino Film Festival - Best Frontera Feature, Audience Award; IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Best Youth Doc 14+; Havana Film Festival - Coral de Animación Award; Zanate Mexican Documentary Film Festival - Honor Mention; New York Children's Film Festival; Cleaveland International Film Festival; Guadalajara International Film Festival; Annecy International Animation Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

NATIONALITY: Mexico, United States

YEAR: 2022

GENRE: Documentary, Animation

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult

SUBTITLE/CC: AVAILABLE

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: NOT AVAILABLE

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