Documentary Filmmaker and Non-Fiction Media Producer
UNTITLED IMMIGRATION LAWYER DOCUMENTARY Director: Priscilla González Sainz Location: Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California A chronicle of the professional and personal lives of five first-generation immigration lawyers who call themselves “The Tribe” and who strive to help immigrants obtain safety and status in the United States. They support and uplift one another as their work is increasingly under attack by the current administration.
Documentary – 12 minutes – HD – 2018 – USA – Spanish with English Subtitles
Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid through the charity of a local pastor. For one night of respite, they rest, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of their journey.
Through a vast communication network, Pastor Gomez is notified when someone from his community is being released from detention and has nowhere to stay. Through his work at a local motel, Pastor Gomez rents a room for the migrants to have at least one night of rest before continuing in their transition. On that night, migrants willing to be filmed share their stories.
Immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. turn themselves in at the border and are taken to detention centers or jails. Families are often separated and there is no communication except with relatives or friends who are sponsoring their admittance. If they are granted entry to the U.S., they must purchase a bus or plane ticket and leave immediately after the order is given. After weeks and months of travel, many have no money left. And many have no place to stay as they begin the process of reconstructing their lives in a new country.
In Oakland, California, a small Guatemalan indigenous community has formed around a church led by Pastor Gomez. Pastor Gomez makes his living managing a local motel, and when he receives word that someone is being released from detention and has nowhere to go, he rents a room for them to stay. While his access allows him to secure the motel room, the cost comes out of his own pocket.
Screenings and Recognitions:
Student Academy Awards, Semifinalist, 2018
IDA David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, 2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Mini-Doc Competition, 2018 - WORLD PREMIERE
Glass City Film Festival, 2018
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2018 - BAY AREA PREMIERE
AFI Docs, 2018
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2018
DocuWest Film Festival, 2018
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2018
Oaxaca Film Festival - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
New Orleans Film Festival, 2018
Dumbo Film Festival, 2018
Indie and Foreign Film Festival, 2018
We Are All Others, International Short Film Festival of Social Diversity, 2018