Dear Family, Friends and Allies,
Entry Denied is a documentary currently in post production about 3 same-sex binational couples as they navigate the discriminatory immigration laws in the United States to try to stay together. Currently, because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the US federal government does not recognize the relationship of same-sex couples and therefore cannot confer any rights of a married couples to them. This means that a LGBT American is unable to sponsor their partner/spouse for a green card just like their heterosexual brothers and sisters, even if they are legally married in the 6 states & 1 district in this country.
Machu Latorre, the director of the documentary has been working on this project for the past 10 years. She has followed 3 couples through the ups and downs as they navigate the discriminatory immigration policies that will not recognize their relationship. As the years go by, their stories unfold to the point that today, one couple is currently living in exile in Vancouver, one couple maintains a long distance relationship and one couple has been able to stay in the US.
Machu has been mostly self-financing this project for the past 10 years with some assistance from fundraisers and small grants. She has started a kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 for post production costs last month. If you are unfamiliar with what a kickstarter campaign is, they are basically a crowdsourcing site where the filmmaker set a target amount that they needed to raise and they have 30 days to raise that money.
In the last 25 days, the project has raised about $12,800 and is just $2,200 shy of the goal of $15,000. The project now has 5 MORE DAYS to reach the goal or it will not be funded.
I am writing to you personally to ask that you consider donating at least $10 towards the project. Most of you are familiar with the immigration struggles that Mickey and I have to go through. I am one of the lucky few that actually got my green card through the good will of my employers but the struggles and the fight is not over yet for my same-sex binational brothers and sisters!
For far too long, we have always complained that our issues are always ignored or often not talked about in the media or in the public. However, with the recent changes made by the Dept of Homeland Security to start using “prosecutorial decisions” in deciding whether or not to pursue the deportations of undocumented immigrants on a case-by-case basis as well as the fact that the Obama Administration has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)is unconstitutional and that they will not defend it in court, I feel that it is an important time for the documentary to be released to shed more light on this issue.
Coupled with the book, Torn Apart, by Ms Judy Rickard (if you have not read it, you need to buy a copy and read it! Our story is in there!) – I feel that both projects will be a good education tool for us to outreach to the public and our legislators about the need to change the laws, whether it is to pass the Uniting American Families Act, repeal DOMA or pass an inclusive Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that includes LGBT Families. It is past time for congress to address this issue because each day that they fail to address this issue, another family is being torn apart by being forced to choose between love or country!
This project also has the support of Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, serving as Executive Producers. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have been making films together since 1987, starting with Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature (1989). This was Rob’s second Oscar, having previously won for The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). Their other collaborations include The Celluloid Closet (directing Emmy, 1996) and Paragraph 175 (Sundance directing award, 2000). HOWL, their first scripted narrative feature (starring James Franco), premiered at Sundance and Berlin and is the recipient of the 2010 National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award.
Please seriously consider donating to support the documentary and have us bring this very important documentary to the world! And if you have already donated, a BIG Heartfelt thank you from the Lim Family!
Information and Links:
Entry Denied – a Documentary by Machu Latorre:
Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389513043/entry-denied-a-documentary-film-by-machu-latorre
A NEW FILM, “ENTRY DENIED,” EXPOSES INEQUALITY FACED BY BINATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY COUPLES, GLAAD - http://www.glaad.org/blog/new-film-entry-denied-exposes-inequality-faced-binational-lesbian-and-gay-couples
Entry Denied – A Documentary about Us, Out4Immigration - http://out4immigration.blogspot.com/2011/09/entry-denied-documentary-about-us.html
Same Sex Binational couples struggles for equality in new documentary, Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/glbtq-issues-in-national/same-sex-binational-couples-struggles-for-equality-new-documentary
Marriage Equality USA - http://www.marriageequality.org/films
The Immigration Closet, Gender Across Borders - http://www.genderacrossborders.com/2011/09/19/the-immigration-closet/
Donations sought for film on same-sex binational couples, Bay Area Reporter - http://ebar.com/blogs/?p=2956