Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
Four LGBT refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East flee persecution in their countries of origin to seek better and safer lives in the U.S in Tom Shepard’s powerful and timely documentary. We meet Subhi (from Syria), Junior (from Congo) and Mari and Cheyenne (from Angola) who each experience different roadblocks on the way to their journey to what each hopes will at long last be freedom and ultimate acceptance. The shy and adorable Subhi finds himself touted by the queer community, accepting a GLAAD Media Award and sent out on speaking tours around the country, finding love in the process, while Mari and Cheyenne develop their musical abilities by recording an album. After initial signs of optimism, Junior finds himself beset by an array of challenges that include homelessness and gender non-conformity. And then Trump is elected and suddenly the asylum status for all four is in jeopardy.
After the film there will be a talk with Abel John Osojiahon (RFSL Newcomers Stockholm), Åsa Widell (UNHCR, secretary general) and the director of the film Tom Shepard. Moderator: Logal Kako (activist and artist).