Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me

Erin Semine Kökdil | United States | 2021 | 20:33 min


Since you arrived Synopsis

Central American mothers journey by bus through Mexico, searching for their children who migrated north towards the United States but disappeared en route.


About the Filmmaker

Erin Semine Kökdil is a storyteller interested in building solidarity and inciting social change through film. Her work deals with issues of trauma, marginalization, and migration and has screened at IDFA, Hot Docs, Camden International Film Festival, AFIDocs, San Francisco International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, among others.

Her work has been supported by Fulbright, National Geographic, SFFILM, and Points North Institute and screened on The New Yorker, KQED, and Means TV. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, she worked extensively with non-profits and community-led initiatives in the U.S. and Guatemala.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Smith College and an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.


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2. Put your members of Congress to work to support human rights across Latin America. Hold them accountable.

3. Share the film with your community and lead a discussion around the root causes of migration and how the narrative of “illegal” and “undocumented” people is harmful.


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