UnLonely Film Festival 5

Shelter in Place

Vicky Chavez, now in her third year living inside a Utah church, joins weekly Zoom calls with other asylum-seekers in sanctuary churches.

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Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more. Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“This is the second film I have made with Vicky while she’s been in sanctuary. The first was right when she initially entered and we have maintained a friendship since that experience. While catching up with her, I started to notice just how mentally and emotionally taxing the last two years had been on her as time was passing and so we decided to start shooting again. Even though not much was happening in her life, that felt important to capture that inner experience of what happens after all the cameras and attention from the press. I can’t help but also admit that selfishly I just enjoy spending time with Vicky and this was an excuse to be with her and her kids, even though there was a camera between us.”

Kelsie Moore is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States with deep roots in both countries. Identity is integral to her work as she explores home and belonging while challenging perceptions of people and place. Often working solo, Kelsie’s work meets at the intersection of journalistic observation and meaningful bonds with those in the filmmaking process.

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Join the Conversation

How did this film help you better understand the immigrant experience in any way? If you’re separated from loved ones and are feeling unsafe, what community can you reach out to for support?

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    I had no idea I’m 70 years old and I had no idea I’ve lived in America all my life I had no idea shame on us I don’t know the answer but I know making them stay locked up in the church is not the answer deportation is not the answer this country was founded by immigrants and now today We have the gall to treat them like their nobody shame on us as Americans and thank you to the churches out there how can I help Chelan

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