"No Shelter" is a series of short, experimental nonfiction films that explore how the detention of migrant children has been rebranded as Shelter, Care and Service provision. The films are made in collaboration with survivors, whistleblowers and activists who are struggling to dimantle all forms of incarceration and to envision real systems of care.
Since 2003, over 340,000 migrant children have been detained in the United States in a network of over 100 secret facilities, distributed around the United States and often situated in residential neighborhoods. It is a lucrative market, receiving over $1 Billion per year in federal funding
One of the facilities in Chicago, operated by Heartland Alliance, was the site of the first large-scale COVID breakout in a detention facility in the US. A year later, a series of instances of self-harm , attempted suicide and escape attempts were reported in the news. These facilities are in perpetual crisis, because the system of detention is the crisis.
We believe media can be vehicle for mobilizing imagination, expanding what is thinkable and moving us into action - but only if it is linked with struggle. We are committed to dismantling the system of migrant child detention, and the total abolition of prisons and borders, regardess of how humanitarian they might claim to be.
José Orozco, a survivor of child detention turned whistleblower and activist, is still fighting his deportation almost two years after his release. Please support his legal defense fund by donating via paypal. @karencastilloteenmom
September 16 - Carbondale IL - 8 PM - Born Again Labor Museum, 828 E Main St - music w/Lyn Rye
September 17 - Kansas City MO - 5 PM -Kansas City Underground Film Festival, 3333 Wyoming St
September 18 - St Louis MO - 7PM - Wildfruit Project Space, 4704 Virginia Ave - music w/Lyn Rye
Run time 7min 32 sec
While detained in a facility run by Heartland Alliance in Chicago, a teenager heard a solidarity noise demo outside, and voices chanting "Free the Kids". After his release, he scoured social media until he found the community activists whose voices he had heard. This is a video of their first meeting via video call, between Chicago and his home in Texas, where he continues to await deportation
Run time: 11min 45 sec
A collaboration with José Orozco, a survivor of migrant child detention turned whistleblower and activist. The video juxtaposes Jose’s testimony and original music with images of a community ceremony at the site of his incarceration, a detention facility hidden in plain sight in the midst of a middle class residential neighborhood.
José continues to fight his deportation case from his home in Texas. Please contribute. towards his legal costs: