|01.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4|
'Without Country' attempts to get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media’s ‘talking point’ approach to immigration issues by exploring one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation. In 1992, Sam and Elida Mejia left Guatemala during a violent civil war and brought their one-year old son, Gilbert, to California. The Mejia’s settled in the Bay Area, and for the past 17 years they have worked multiple jobs to support their family, paid their taxes, and saved enough to buy a home. They had two more children, Helen and Dulce, who are both U.S. citizens. Two years ago, immigration agents stormed the Mejia’s house looking for someone who didn’t live there. Sam, Elida, and Gilbert were all undocumented and became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system.
Theo Rigby is a freelance documentary filmmaker and photographer based out of San Francisco. He creates social and political documentary projects with still and moving images. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the war in Iraq to incarceration and most recently, immigration in the US. His first film 'My First War', about the first forty-four days of the war in Iraq, won awards and was recently distributed by Ironweed Films. His short film 'Close to Home' was a National Finalist in the 2009 Student Academy Awards, it also won a Golden Eagle Award and a special jury mention at the 2010 Ashland Independent Film Festival.
2010, 20', color, video
Festivals & Awards:
Annual Student Academy Awards 2011 - Student Academy Award, Bronze Medal in documentary category; Napa Valley Film Festival 2011 - Best Short Documentary, Audience Award; Santa Cruz Film Festival 2011 - Audience Award, Best Student Work;
Ashland Independent Film Fest 2011 - Finalist for the Best Short Documentary Award; San Francisco Videofest 2010 – Grand Prix; Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 2010 - Spirit Award
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