A Line Birds Cannot See

E.L. never imagined she would leave her tiny village high in the mountains of Guatemala, but when her mother got up the strength to flee a violent home, she was thrust into a journey that would forever change her. After a smuggler separated them, E's life honed to a single goal—surviving so she could find her mother again. In the animated short film 'A Line Birds Cannot See,' E.L tells her story of coming to the US as an unaccompanied minor in 2006.

This intimate look at an immigrant’s journey reveals a key truth behind the immigration debates: E.L., like so many immigrants, just wants a home where she can be safe.

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Amy Bench




Director: Amy Bench
Executive Producer: Eloise DeJoria
Producer: Amy Bench, Carolyn Merriman, Jessica Goudeau, Constance Duykhuizen
Editor: Monica Santis
Sound Designer: Eric Friend
Music: Curtis Heath
Principal Cast: Edilsa Lopez
Additional Credits: Animator: Steve West


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Animated, Biography, Documentary, Experimental, Family
Screening in: Texas Shorts Program
Screening Section: Texas Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 09:24 mins