Ben is one of the most courageous and charismatic people you’ll ever meet!

Ben is from Cameroon and he is seeking a new life and career here in Los Angeles. His story is just one of six that is part of our larger film project focused on LGBTQ refugees in Los Angeles.

Andrik left Mexico and came to the U.S. as a woman. Now, due to his transition, he is afraid to return home fearing even greater persecution and violence than before.

We are Well Underway. . .

We are in the early stages of this multi-phase production on LGBT asylum seekers who are in various stages of the legal process. The LGBT individuals profiled in the films have been jailed, beaten, and persecuted in their home countries — Honduras, Mexico, Uganda, Cameroon, China, Uganda, and Russia. In addition, several of those profiled are in various stages of transgender transition. The production crew consists of recent refugees and asylum seekers for whom this a work of passion.

This project is at a critical juncture. We need to solicit funding in order to cover the expense of activities essential to completion and distribution of the film — editing, marketing, technical support, graphics design, venue rental, transportation for asylum seekers, and materials. The project has been self-funded up to this point, and we are now asking for broader support.

Funding Needed Now

The film project is just the beginning of our journey. The film will be screened to a variety of audiences through live and online screenings. We seek not only to develop greater awareness and support for this vulnerable population, but to also expand support for their potential employment, education, and legal expenses. The non-profit organization sponsors will be able to use the film(s) for their own direct fund-raising and public awareness initiatives. We are building a foundation of awareness and understanding to relieve some of the stresses and anxieties of our film subjects and their colleagues. Donations are tax deductible.

The Impact

Your contribution will not only help us finish, screen, and distribute the film but you will also help the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles (PTV) develop a fund-raising stream for their programs and services for asylum seekers. The California International Education Foundation will expand efforts to promote the film and guest speakers in local high school and universities.