Foyle Film Festival 2020

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

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It is devastating to think that in over 70 countries in the world it is still illegal to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender? With some of these countries even employing the death penalty as ultimate punishment. Since Donald Trump came to power in the USA, refugees seeking asylum has decreased by 70%, meaning that some of the most vulnerable are unable to find a safe place to escape to. These are just some of the reasons that make it so important that this documentary be seen by as many people as possible.


Unsettled: Seeking Refuge In America is a powerful examination of the global refugee crisis from the overlooked perspective of LGBT asylum seekers, Unsettled follows four brave individuals from Africa and the Middle East who have fled homophobic violence sanctioned by their home countries and families of origin. Beginning anew, Cheyenne and Mari (Angolan), Subhi (Syrian), and Junior (Congolese) face immense barriers to securing work, housing, and legal assistance. Fighting isolation and depression, they share stories that form an unflinching picture of nearly insurmountable challenges.


“This is truly an aspiring story bringing awareness to serious global issues we still have surrounding those who do not identify as straight. We definitely have a long way to go but as more and more stories are being told I feel we are going in the right direction.” - Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States, Lebanon, Canada, Angola, Congo, South Africa
  • Director
    Tom Shepard