Private Project

America's Family

When ICE raids the Diaz family home on Thanksgiving, Mother Marisol is put in detention, son Koke is deported and father Jorge flees for protective sanctuary. The two American born children; freshman attorney Emiliano and his disabled teen sister Valentina, scramble to do whatever they can to reunite the family while their parents and brother do what they have to to get home.

  • Anike Tourse
    Key Cast
    "Marisol Diaz"
  • Jailene Arias
    Key Cast
    "Valentina Diaz"
  • Emmanuel López Alonso
    Key Cast
    "Emiliano Diaz"
  • Ricardo Cisneros
    Key Cast
    "Jorge "Koke" Palma Diaz"
  • Mauricio Mendoza
    Key Cast
    "Jorge Diaz"
  • Angie Kim
    Key Cast
    "Angie Pak"
  • Tony Urquidi
    Key Cast
    "Esperanza Diaz"
  • Ryan Urquidi
    Key Cast
    "Esperazna Diaz"
  • Jennie Fahn
    Key Cast
    "Rabbi Tova"
  • Judeline Charles
    Key Cast
  • Kristen Vaganos
    Key Cast
  • Aida Rodriguez
    Key Cast
    "Attorney Sara Garcia"
  • Linda Ruiz
    Production Designer
  • Raúl Pacheco
    Original Music
  • Bianca Valdez
  • Silvana Arias
  • Aurora Nemegyei
  • Rudik Osorio
  • Barry Alexander Brown
    Additional Editing
  • Christian Palma Montaño
    Director of Photography
  • Zerihoun Yilma
    Associate Producers
  • Emiliana Guereca
    Associate Producers
  • Paulina Villalba
  • Diana Haro
  • Angélica Salas
    Executive Producer
  • Daniel Sollinger
  • Nadia Voukitchevitch
  • Anike Tourse
  • Anike Tourse
  • Anike Tourse
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2022
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
  • Dances With Films Festival
    United States
    June 11, 2022
    Worldwide Premiere
    Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize
  • Roxbury International Film Festival
    United States
    June 26, 2022
    New England Premiere
    Best Narrative Feature
Director Biography - Anike Tourse

Anike Tourse is a multimedia maker with accomplishments both in front of, and behind, the scenes. She has written for television series including "One Life to Live," and "Girlfriends," and is the writer and director of award-winning short film “America; I Too” now in distribution with New Day Films. Anike’s projects in development include the animated short film “Frances the Fish” about the little salmon that could.

Anike has penned and performed several solo shows touring her productions across the country as well as for the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival; the largest international theater festival in the world and on a national Nigerian tour sponsored by the 7-UP Bottling Company. She is the playwright of play "No Milk Today" which premiered at the 2015 Wisconsin Fermentation Fest.

Anike is a graduate of Bates College. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University focusing on a track for actors who create their own work. In her personal time Anike is an avid baker, cook, gardener and traveler.

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Director Statement

I am proud to have written and directed a film that reflects today’s American family as intersectional, mixed status and mixed ethnic. The Diaz Family, while fighting through separation due to unjust immigration laws, also grapples with disability, police brutality, racism and how to care for children and keep them safe during this time of crisis.

Our film features an international cast and crew, upwards of 80% people of color and immigrant. We filmed in greater Los Angeles and Lancaster, the Oaxacan coast and on the Tijuana/San Diego border. It is a labor of love made in partnership with professional artists, activists and community members. We speak in English, Spanish, Spanglish, Hebrew and the universal language of love.

This period of escalated aggression toward immigrant families and massive upheaval at the Border coincides with attention to the severe inequities of underrepresented communities and the growing commitment to diversity both behind and in front of the camera. As the development process and options for content continues to evolve and grow, I am excited for this project spearheaded by women, people of color and immigrants that speaks to a broad, diverse audience.

We hope that our film will inspire audiences to advocate for laws that support family unity in lieu of detention and deportation. We also hope to remind audiences that the unjustly deported and those vulnerable to deportation belong to our families and communities, that they should have a say in the future of immigration and the right to remain with or return to their loved ones - as we all should.