SANTUARIO is a documentary short that intimately follows Juana Luz Tobar Ortega as she takes sanctuary at a North Carolina church to evade a deportation sentence.
In 2018, SANTUARIO won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at New Orleans Film Festival 2018 and is now Academy-award qualified. We premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2018 in the Documentary Short Film Competition, 1 of 5 in the program. We will be announcing upcoming festivals and speaking engagements around the country. In Spring 2019, we will have a U.S. broadcast in the ReelSouth/PBS Season 4 lineup. The film was 1 of 4 Women in Film Finishing Fund/ Stella Artois 2019 grantees for films that focus on social change.
SANTUARIO was the winner of the Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then American South pitch at New Orleans Film Festival 2017 and has also received funding from Women in Film, Fledgling Fund, The Southern Documentary Fund, and Footcandle Film Society. Our fiscal sponsor is the Southern Documentary Fund. We have been invited to conferences, speaking engagements (Allied Media, Skidmore College MDOCS, SXSW '19, Women in Film x Stella Artois at Sundance), and work-in-progress screenings. SANTUARIO was also a part of the IDFA Docs For Sale Market. We are working now closely with Working Films and the Fledgling Fund to develop an action-oriented outreach strategy to accompany the film as a tool for social change.
This film is a story of migration, but the main themes of family and home are universal. Our artistic direction is led by the power of Juana's prayers and her faith, and centers on her and her family's experience. There is no easy resolution or clear end in sight. Our short documentary features an ongoing and important story of community, family, and everyday resistance in a fraught immigration climate.