American Public Health Association Film Festival | Integrative Medicine for the Undeserved ConferencePublic Health • Integrative Medicine • Immigration Studies • Refugees • Health Equity • Race, Culture & Ethnic Studies • American Studies
Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 87 minutes | Language: English, Spanish, Khmer, Mam, French, Swahili | Captions: Yes | Director: Michelle Grace Steinberg | Producer(s): Michelle Grace Steinberg & Robyn Bykofsky
A PLACE TO BREATHE explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others. Combining cinema vérité and animation, the film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.
The film weaves together the arcs of Rodrigue (DR Congo), Socheat (Cambodia), Norma (Guatemala), and the young couple Edgar and Yania (Mexico and Uruguay) as they pursue their dreams of supporting their communities’ healing. Common ground and chance connections join these unique stories as the film humanizes those who have migrated here, sharing their wisdom and perspectives that enrich and strengthen our communities. This is more critical than ever with the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on communities of color and immigrant populations. A PLACE TO BREATHE moves audiences to envision new understandings of wellness for all.