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A young mother, whose family is separated

by ICE, shares her story in this short animated documentary. As President Biden changes immigration policies, the film serves as a requiem for families torn apart by America's immigration crackdown.

Director Biography - Mayra A. Flores

Mayra Flores is an independent filmmaker specializing in experimental documentary animation. By focusing on emotionally-driven narratives and taking a poetic approach in documenting the human experience, she aims to capture social issues through a universally human lens and to amplify marginalized voices.

She is a first-generation American and college graduate. She holds an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts and a BA in Cinema-Television Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She was the recipient of the prestigious Annenberg Graduate Fellowship, which allowed her to meld together her academic and creative passions and to research the animated documentary’s unique ability to effectively humanize politicized social issues. Her graduate studies culminated with her thesis film, Nuestro País (Our Country) (2017), a short experimental animated documentary about immigrant families living in the U.S. told through an intimate lens.

Nicholas Manting Brewer

Nicholas Manting Brewer is a documentary filmmaker based out of Los Angeles, CA by way of Augusta, GA. His work has screened at festivals, including Sundance, South By Southwest, and Sarasota Film Festival.

In 2018, he co-founded Standard Deviation Productions. The company’s first film, Lumpkin, GA, aired on the PBS show Reel South in May 2019. Nicholas is an alumnus of the University of California’s School of Cinematic Arts (MFA) and New College of Florida (BA).

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  • Director
    Mayra A. Flores, Nicholas Manting Brewer
  • Producer
    Mayra A. Flores, Michael Gil, Emily Grandcolas, Nicholas Manting Brewer, Feixue Tang
  • Editor
    Nicholas Manting Brewer
  • Animator
    Mayra A. Flores