BEST LGBTQ Film - New York Cinematography Awards | AUDIENCE AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival | GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY - OutfestLGBTQ+ Studies • Immigration & Border Studies • Sociology • Law & Civil Rights • International Studies • African(a) Studies • Middle East Studies • American Studies
Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 81 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript, Viewing Guide & High School Discussion Guide | Director & Producer: Tom Shepard | Producer: Jen Gilomen | Executive Producer: D. Stuart Harrison | Editor: Eva Brzeski | Impact Producer: Maya Worthy | Executive Producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
UNSETTLED is a feature documentary that traces the untold stories of LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution in Africa and the Middle East and are trying to resettle in the United States. Having escaped Islamic terrorist death threats in Syria, beatings by a homophobic father, and a nation devastated by war, Subhi finds his voice as a leader for refugee rights in the U.S. Lesbian couple Cheyenne and Mari flee brutal harassment in their native Angola to face uncertain asylum through the American immigration courts while pursuing their dreams of becoming musicians. Junior, a gender non-conforming gay man from the Congo, struggles to create a livelihood and secure basic housing while exploring a more fluid gender identity. UNSETTLED reveals the stories of a group that most people know little about. What are the costs persecuted immigrants pay for seeking refuge and how are everyday Americans stepping forward to help those most in need?