Bringing Home Is Somewhere Else to Educators at AFT Convention 2022

Bringing Home Is Somewhere Else to Educators at AFT Convention 2022

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Bringing Home Is Somewhere Else to Educators at the 2022 AFT Convention

Shine Global’s Susan MacLaury with Jorge Villalobos, Co-Director of Home Is Somewhere Else and Evelyn DeJesus, AFT’s Executive Vice President at the AFT 2022 Convention in Boston

By Susan MacLaury

Those of you familiar with Shine Global’s work know that we put a great deal of emphasis on our films’ educational and social engagement. We do this in acknowledgement of kids’ inherent desire to contribute to their communities; the fact that young teens relate to the kids in our films sharing their stories in their own words, and our understanding that the classroom environment— in the hands of caring, competent teachers— gives students the chance to explore their world safely.

So, it was with excitement and pride that Shine Global and Brinca Taller de Animación, the Mexican animation company that produced Home Is Somewhere Else, jointly presented a workshop this past Saturday, 7/16, to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) annual convention in Boston. Co-Director Jorge Villalobos flew in from Mexico and Shine Global co-founder Albie Hecht and I drove up from New Jersey to co-present a screening of the film’s trailer and one of its three chapters: “A Tale of Two Sisters,” about two sisters separated because of existing immigration laws. Most excitingly, the real Evelyn herself joined by zoom and was interviewed by Evelyn DeJesus, AFT’s Executive Vice President, who moderated our panel discussion.

The session was attended by nearly 100 persons and – as always with teachers – the attendees were wonderfully responsive, asking terrific questions and making salient observations.

We are currently writing the film’s standards-based companion curriculum and a general audience discussion guide, and, as always, we will seek feedback from experts – including Latino policy makers, administrators and educators—to ensure it is culturally sensitive and accurate. Once completed, the curriculum will be made available for free on Shine Global’s website for all educators wishing to use it when they screen this film for their students in 2022-23 and beyond.

Special thanks to D&P Creative Strategies and Cesar Moreno Perez, AFT’s Associate Director of Human Rights and Community Relations Department for working so hard to make this possible.


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 . 

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

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

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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.

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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 . 

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

IDA Pare Lorentz Grant for Home is Somewhere Else

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IDA Pare Lorentz Grant for Home is Somewhere Else

Home is Somewhere Else - IDA Pare Lorentz Fund

Home Is Somewhere Else, directed by Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos and produced in association with Shine Global, is the recipient of a grant from The International Documentary Association (IDA) through its Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund funding documentaries on the theme, “Challenging White Supremacy.”

Home is Somewhere Else is a fully animated documentary providing a window into the hearts and minds of young Dreamers and their undocumented families. The film features three personal stories about immigrant 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.

Five documentary projects, including Home is Somewhere Else, will each receive grants of at least $20,000 through IDA’s Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. The Fund, established in 2011 with support from The New York Community Trust, honors the legacy of legendary American documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz. Each year the fund focuses on important social issues, which was a hallmark of Pare Lorentz’s films.

“These five documentary films offer crucial perspectives about what it means to challenge white supremacy and the many ways in which systemic racism affects our lives. We are honored to support these films and filmmakers,” said Poh Si Teng, director of IDA Funds and the Enterprise Program.

The film is also currently raising funds through Kickstarter until November 19th, 2021 and pledges of support are welcome.

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

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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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