The end of Asylum as we know it
DIRECTED BY RAE CERETTO
When you can’t move forward and you can’t turn back. A mother’s journey to seek asylum before it’s too late.
Has asylum in the United States been effectively terminated? Seeking Asylum takes a deep dive into expert testimony from immigration attorneys, migrants, judges, historians, and politicians to better understand what it means to seek asylum and how the changes we are enacting today will permanently affect the future of thousands of asylum seekers fleeing from death and persecution.
This documentary film follows a woman and her family fleeing from death threats and abject poverty in Honduras. Her journey, like most asylum seekers, is tumultuous and deeply affected by the continuous restrictions to asylum policy enacted by the U.S. government. During one of the most uncertain times in our country's history, Seeking Asylum documents the challenges asylum seekers face and shows why asylum is an integral part of the American Dream that we cannot afford to lose.
“Asylum seekers include some of the most vulnerable members of society—children, single mothers, victims of domestic violence or torture, and other individuals who have suffered persecution and trauma."
American Immigration Council
Asylum as we know it will end unless we act now
“Asylum is a legal process that allows someone who feels their life is in danger to seek refuge in safer countries. Under U.S. and international law, someone who reaches any U.S. border “with well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence,” may apply for asylum.” - America’s Voice
The American Dream was founded on the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born, can achieve a safe and successful life through perseverance and hard work. This dream that the United States was founded on has been jeopardized and may no longer exist for future generations if Americans don’t act now. In order to act, we must better understand this complicated system and why it is essential to speak up for those that are vulnerable.
Seeking Asylum will distill these complex laws, policies, and rulings into a narrative that is comprehensive and digestible. Our audience will see first hand how this system has been manipulated to discourage rather than support those who need it the most, both through the words of experts (UNICEF, immigration lawyers, public officials, judges, etc.) and a mother fighting for the life of her and her family.
"Instead of supporting people running from harm, we have built a machine designed to psychologically break them in the hopes that they will give up and go home."
Sonia Nazario, The New York Times