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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Home Is Somewhere Else – An Animated Documentary

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This 2D feature “animentary” 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.

Jasmine is a 13-year-old US citizen living with her Mexican parents, both undocumented. She lives with the reality that she could be separated from her parents at any moment, but was able to transcend her fear by becoming an activist to defend her and her family’s rights, going on to speak at the White House.

At a moment when the immigration crisis is more urgent than ever, the increasingly dire circumstances beg for reflection and reform. This documentary will share the rich complexity of the emotional experiences of immigrant children and families in order for audiences to better understand and empathize with them.

The animation encourages a deeper exploration of our characters’ inner worlds than would a “traditional” documentary. Most crucially, it protects the identity of our protagonists, especially those who still live in the US.

As of November 4th, this project has raised $13,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 15 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $5, you will get a film thank you credit.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a link to the film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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