Home Is Somewhere Else Selected For The 2022 Annecy Animation Film Festival

Home is Somewhere Else

Innovative Animated Documentary Showcasing the Lives of Three Immigrant Youth and Their Families to Debut at the International Festival

New York, – Home Is Somewhere Else – an animated documentary showcasing three stories of young immigrants, their undocumented families, and the challenges they face – has been selected to compete at the 2022 Annecy Animation Film Festival in the Contrechamps section. As the Supreme Court considers whether the Biden administration can eliminate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, Shine Global’s Home is Somewhere Else offers a much-needed yet rare look into the hearts and minds of immigrant youth and their undocumented families, who are caught in the crossroads of our nation’s hotly-contested debates about immigration reform. 

“Oftentimes, our nation’s political leaders are centered in our conversations about immigration but rarely do we hear from the children directly impacted by these debates because of their family’s status, or even their own,” said Susan MacLaury, executive producer of Home Is Somewhere Else and Executive Director of Shine Global. “Children and their undocumented families need and deserve a new migratory system that prioritizes human rights above all else. That’s why we are elated that the Annecy Film Festival has selected our film, and more importantly, has bestowed these incredible children with a platform to tell their stories and inspire real action on the worldstage.”

“Annecy’s Contrechamps section is dedicated to emerging talent and thought-provoking indie films with more risqué narratives, which is a source of pride for us, because making an animated documentary is an arduous process that involves a lot of experimentation,” said directors Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos. “Being selected is acknowledgment of the high standard of Mexico´s animators; of the work of all the artists on the crew and the diversity and richness of aesthetic and narrative proposals that independent animation studios in Mexico are producing.”

Home Is Somewhere Else will be one of over two hundred films, selected from thousands of films from 93 countries, to compete in the renowned international animation film festival’s feature films category. The film is produced in association with Shine Global – the nonprofit media company behind the Academy Award and Emmy Award winning films Inocente and War/Dance – and directed by Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos, the visionary founders of Mexico-based animation studio Brinca Taller de Animación.

This innovative, multimedia “animentary” is voiced by its young subjects, whose stories are threaded with vivid “Spanglish” narration by spoken word poet José Eduardo Aguilar “El Deportee.” Home Is Somewhere Else also uniquely employs three distinct visual animation styles to depict each story – enabling audiences to equally see, feel, and understand these childrens’ fears and hopes for a better future.

Home Is Somewhere Else will have it’s Mexican premiere at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.


About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by telling their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since its founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, and Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax.

About Brinca Taller de Animación

Brinca Taller de Animación is a Mexican animation studio that has ten years experience making animated films and series that focus mainly on children and social issues. We strongly believe animation is a powerful language that allows difficult topics to engage with the audience and inspire change. We have worked for agencies like UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme, Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, American Jewish World Service, International Federation of Human Rights, among others.

Home Is Somewhere Else is Brinca’s first animated feature .