The DOMA effect on same-sex binational couples. A documentary that opens the door into the "Immigration Closet."
UPDATE: We have until Saturday October 8 at 4:02 pm EDT until our campaign officially closes. Though we have made our goal early (!!), donations that continue to come in until then will be earmarked to help cover costs for our Educational Outreach expenses after the film is completed (e.g., study guides, screeners to schools, future interactive website for other same-sex binational couples to post their stories). We'll put it to good use!
WHAT IS THIS FILM ABOUT
Imagine you meet someone and fall in love. Now imagine that the immigration laws of your country don’t allow you to live together. This is the reality for thousands of gay and lesbian Americans in bi-national relationships.
While an American citizen can sponsor a family member (spouse, child or parent) for a green card, an American citizen in a same-sex relationship can’t. That’s because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. This documentary is not about gay marriage but rather about the basic fundamental right that everyone deserves to be with the person you love.
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT
As an immigrant, I have always been well informed about the U.S. immigration laws. In early 2001 I came across an organization that provided support to gays and lesbians dealing with immigration issues. I was invited to attend one of their monthly meetings. I was astonished to learn that there are more than 36,000 bi-national gay and lesbian couples in the United States, most of whom live with the constant fear of seeing their partners deported and their families torn apart. Many of the couples are forced to live apart because the U.S. fails to recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes. The couples I met had common stories of hardship and heartbreak, as well as a strong desire to speak out against the injustices that continue to separate them from the people they love.
I was moved by the passion and conviction I witnessed at the meetings, and decided to document the issues and the human stories behind them. For the past nine past years I have followed the stories of three bi-national same-sex couples and their struggles to stay together. The sole purpose of this film is to raise awareness on this issue, which only recently has started to gain some media coverage.
Most of the funding for Entry Denied has come from the generous contributions of people and organizations that believe in the project. I have been lucky to receive two grants (Film Arts Foundation and Horizons Foundation) to help with the production phase. And I’ve received many in-kind contributions that, along with my own money, have made it possible to reach this post-production stage. We now need $15,000 to complete a final cut just in time to submit it to film festivals, so that the film can be screened in 2012.
nine years of working on this film, I owe it to the couples I followed,
and to all the many others who share their plight, to finish the film
and give it the exposure it needs. Your contribution will make this
HOW THIS CONTRIBUTION WOULD HELP!
If you support our project, your donation will be used for post-production, which includes:
-Score and music use fees
-Translation and subtitles
Crowdfunding is not just about raising money; it's also about raising awareness of the project. If you can make a contribution, we’ll be eternally grateful, but please don’t stop there. Help us spread the word by increasing the “likes” on our Facebook page and by becoming a Twitter follower. If you have a blog or website please help us spread the word about the Entry Denied Kickstarter campaign.
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