Writer and Director Anike Tourse on set of America’s Family in Mexico.

I am proud to have written and directed a film that reflects today’s American family as intersectional, mixed-status and mixed ethnic and as the cornerstone of an evolving American culture. 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, filming 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 old standards of developing and consuming film and new media continue to break down and be recreated, I am excited for a project spearheaded by women, people of color, and immigrants while also reaching a broad, diverse audience.

There has not been immigration reform in the United States for more than 35 years. We hope that our film will inspire audiences to support laws standing for 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.