Finding Shelter shares the stories of several unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States and how their stories were made in to a play. The documentary focuses on the experiences these young people had making their journey, the two yearlong involvement with the play, as well as how the lives of the creative team were changed. Shelter received national attention and was performed in Lincoln Park, several conferences and community centers, and the Kennedy Center. It is narrated by one of the young women interviewed for the play, and who is now going to college to be an engineer.


The documentary is 28 minutes in length and includes subtitles in Spanish and English in order to bring together audiences who may not be brought together otherwise. A panel, community discussion, and reception will follow our screening. At this moment in time we feel that it is essential to have conversations on immigration that are informed and put a human face to the current crisis that affects us all. The structure for the panel and discussion is –

The History

The Facts

The Challenges

Potential Solutions

Directed by Marissa Chibas
Produced by CalArts Center for New Performance/Duende CalArts
Director of Photography Solomon Turner
Additional footage Mike Stoltz
Editing Solomon Turner, Peter Mark, Luis Gutierrez Arias, John Henry Thiesen

Music composed and performed by Sabina Estrella and the CalArts Jazz Ensemble
Subtitles and translation Natalia Lasalle-Morillo

Interviewees –
The kids of SoHDA, Ruxandra Guidi, Dr. Kate Swanson, Dr. Susan Terrio, Federico Bustamante, Mark Valdez, Ratri Anindyajati, Juan Parada, Emilio Garcia Sanchez, Andres Velez, Jazmen Bleu Gutierrez, Steve Vigil.


The play Shelter was devised through workshops with the following team of theater makers – Martin Acosta, Mona Heinze, Fernando Belo, Efren Delgadillo, Jocelyn Dimaya, Jesse Fryery, Sam Sewell, Estey Demarchant, Julianne Figueroa, Mark Valdez, Leslie Tamaribuchi, Ratri Anindyajati, Cynthia Callejas, Peter Mark, Moriah Martel, Jonathan Bangs, Jazmen-Bleu Guitierrez, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Andres Velez, Maggie Corona Goldstein, Lucas Cassanova, Julien Moore, Julian Sandoval, Audrey Olmos, Henita Telo.