A PLACE TO BREATHE explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others. Combining cinema vérité and animation, the film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.
The film weaves together the arcs of Rodrigue (DR Congo), Socheat (Cambodia), Norma (Guatemala), and the young couple Edgar and Yania (Mexico and Uruguay) as they pursue their dreams of supporting their communities’ healing. Common ground and chance connections join these unique stories as the film humanizes those who have migrated here, sharing their wisdom and perspectives that enrich and strengthen our communities.
Director/Producer: Michelle Grace Steinberg
Producer: Robyn Bykofsky
Cinematographer and Editor: Michelle Grace Steinberg
Co-Editor: Shirley Gutierrez
Composer: E.E. Bradman
Awards and Screenings
A PLACE TO BREATHE premiered at San Francisco DocFest in September 2020 and did a two-week run at the Roxie Theater SF (virtually) in October 2020. The film won the Interfaith Documentary Award at the 2020 St. Louis International Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Queen City Film Festival. It also screened at Alexander Valley Film Festival and American Public Health Association Film Festival, as well as two weeks of virtual streaming via the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2021.
The World Health Organization (WHO) screened A PLACE TO BREATHE in Turkey in April 2021 for their Leave No One Behind Film Days event on refugee and migrant health. Check out the WHO panel discussion and contact the film producers to learn how you can utilize the film to spark discussions in your community!
To find out more about the film and to purchase a special public screening licence please contact directly Michelle at Underexposed Films.
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