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          Since 2007, film has been part of CHIRLA’s know-your-rights tool kit. We know that the best way to get folks to remember important information is to tell them a story. So, our first film was Know Your Rights, a nine-minute film that shows, in narrative form and with actors and community members, what should and should not happen when immigration enforcement agents come to our workplaces, our homes or our streets. That video, below, has more than 50,000 views on YouTube and millions via television broadcast. We use it at every training and presentation.

America; I Too

          In 2017, CHIRLA produced America; I Too, a short, 20-minute film that dramatizes what happens to three people – Manny Santiago, a Latino teenager; Myeong Kim, a Korean grandmother; and Ahmed Omar, a Somalian immigrant – when they get caught in the churning wheels of our broken immigration system. The film, shot on location in just three days and starring Academy Award Nominee Barkhad Abdi, intertwines the stories of Santiago, Kim and Omar as they try to fight their deportation from the inside. America; I Too has 17,000 views on YouTube and millions through televised broadcast, trainings and private screenings. 

As part of the curriculum for know-your-rights presentations, we have separated scenes form America; I Too into specific moments that can be shown and discussed in sessions. They are below.

Ahmed Consults an Attorney

Meyeong Seeks Relief

Know Your Rights

Manny's Arrest

Manny's interrogation







America's Family  

          The next step for CHIRLA Films is a feature film, America’s Family, now in development. America’s Family tells the story of five members of the mixed-status Diaz family, who are ripped apart one Thanksgiving when immigration agents arrive at their house to take away Koke, the oldest son, and Marisol, the mother. How this five-member family manages to reunite after weathering the storm of separation is the main narrative thrust of the film.

We have completed part of America’s Family, but we are still raising the funds to cover the rest of the production. Want to be part of the movie and the movement? Please donate below!

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