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Shine Global’s latest project Home Is Somewhere Else is an animated feature documentary providing a window into the hearts and minds of young Dreamers and their undocumented families.

Pledge your support on Kickstarter today.  Time is running out to make this amazing film.

Home Is Somewhere Else invites discussion about the need for a new US migratory model based on respect for human rights for all. We plan to bring the film to both communities and decision makers to prompt dialogue about how the current immigration system harms families and must be replaced.

This 2D feature “animentary” features three personal stories about undocumented youth to highlight the complexities and challenges they face today. Voiced by the actual children and their families, the stories are woven together by spoken word poet Lalo “El Deportee,” the film’s host and MC whose vibrant “Spanglish” breaks codes, switches standards, and pushes the viewer to decipher his poems.

Each story has its own unique visual animation style drawn by three different teams. The animation allows us to truly see and feel these characters’ worst nightmares, alongside their colorful hopes and dreams for a better future.

About the Film Makers

Carlos Hagerman

Producer and co-director Carlos Hagerman was part of the team of directors of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s production company before opening his own company, where he has produced and directed award-winning documentaries like Those Who Remain (Hot Docs 2009), Back to Life and No Place Like Home. He also co-produced Plaza de la Soledad (Sundance 2013) and Rush Hour (SXSW 2018). He is founding partner of Brinca Animation Studio.

Jorge Villalobos

Co-director Jorge Villalobos works as writer, director, and producer of animated & live action projects. He directed several children’s series for Canal Once, Mexico’s Public TV channel. His animated and fiction short films have won over 20 international awards. Since 2012, when he co-founded Brinca, Jorge and Carlos Hagerman have worked as a team, co-producing and co-directing animation projects for children as well as communication tools for human rights organizations like UNICEF and the Mexican Human Rights Commission.

Why We’re on Kickstarter Asking You to Join Us

Shine Global makes films to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We do this by making powerful resources for classroom use as well as screenings to community organizations and to political and social influencers in support of pro-child legislation. Supporting this Kickstarter campaign is the first step in enabling us to advocate for young Dreamers and their families.

Because of the filmmakers’ dedication, they’ve been able to fund 80% of the film through the research, recording, and animation phases. But now we need your help to do the sound mix and music before we can output the film into all the formats we need to screen at festivals, theaters, and events starting next year.

We were able to successfully finish our Oscar®-winning short doc Inocente and the award-winning The Wrong Light and Virtually Free through Kickstarter with your help.  Now we need your help again to do equally well with Home is Somewhere Else.

Remember – we only get the funding if we reach our goal.  So pledge now! We need your help to make this film happen.

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