Home Is Somewhere Else

  • Carlos Hagerman , Jorge Villalobos
  • Mexico, United States
  • 2022
  • 88 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented migrants living in the United States. Often they lead fairly normal lives, but they live under the constant threat of sudden deportation. What is it like to grow up in such a situation?

In this animentary, three young immigrants tell their stories. Eleven-year-old Jasmine fears being separated from her undocumented parents. José Eduardo grew up in Utah from the age of eight, but was deported as an illegal immigrant when he was 23, and sent far away from his family. Evelyn, born in the USA and therefore a US citizen, has chosen to return to Mexico. She often FaceTimes her sister Elizabeth, who, as an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles, is struggling to realize her ambitions.

Each story is told in its own appropriate style, narrated by the young people involved and their relatives. Their painful experiences and vibrant hopes and dreams lend themselves well to animation. A powerful reminder of how the color of your passport determines your life.


  • 88 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Carlos Hagerman , Jorge Villalobos
Carlos Hagerman / Brinca Animation Studio
Executive producer
Andrew Houchens, Carolina Coppel, Mariana Marín, Albie Hecht, Susan MacLaury
Shine Global
Andrea Mondragón, Sarah Páramo, Alejandro Caballero "Male"

IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

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