America's Family

On Thanksgiving, ICE separates the Diaz family while the community fights for them to find their way back together.
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Film Length(s)
143 mins
Closed captioning available
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On Thanksgiving Day ICE comes to the door and tears the Diaz family apart. Each family member braves their way through the crisis, while discovering unexpected reserves of love, faith and community inspiration on their journey to reunify.

Featured review

'America's Family' dramatizes the impact of U.S. immigration policy on one family.
Deepa Fernandes
WBUR/Here and Now


Experience the inspiring story of a family that is torn apart by ICE, but never broken.

From rising BIPOC director, Anike Tourse, comes a powerful and moving film about the immigrant experience in America.

When ICE raids the Diaz home on Thanksgiving Day, the family is ripped apart. Mother Marisol is arrested and detained, father Jorge is forced to seek refuge in a synagogue, and eldest son Koke is deported. Middle son Emiliano, an attorney, launches a crusade in the courts to reunite the family, while youngest daughter Valentina sparks a social media campaign that shares their story with the world.

As each family member braves their way through the crisis, they discover unexpected reserves of love, faith and the restorative resilience of community.

Join this extraordinary journey as the Diaz family discovers supporters on both sides of the border, standing by their side and championing their quest to be together.


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Awards and Screenings

2022 Audience Award at Dances With Films Festival
2022 Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films Festival
2022 Best Narrative Feature at the Roxbury International Film Festival

Director Commentary

I am proud to have written and directed a film that reflects today’s American family as intersectional, mixed status and mixed ethnic. The Diaz Family, while fighting through separation due to unjust immigration laws, also grapples with disability, police brutality, racism and how to care for children and keep them safe during this time of crisis.

Our film features an international cast and crew, with the majority people of color and immigrant. We filmed in greater Los Angeles and Lancaster, the Oaxacan coast as well as on the Tijuana/San Diego border. The film was made in partnership with professional artists, activists and community members. We speak in English, Spanish, Spanglish, Hebrew and the universal language of love.

This period of escalated aggression toward immigrant families and massive upheaval at the Border coincides with attention to the severe inequities of underrepresented communities and the growing commitment to diversity both behind and in front of the camera. As the development process and options for content continues to evolve and grow, I am excited for this project spearheaded by women, people of color and immigrants that speaks to a broad, diverse audience.

We hope that our film will inspire audiences to advocate for laws that support family unity in lieu of detention and deportation. We also hope to remind audiences that the unjustly deported and those vulnerable to deportation belong to our families and communities, that they should have a say in the future of immigration and the right to remain with or return to their loved ones - as we all should.

Features and Languages

Film Features

  • Closed Captioning
  • Subtitles

Film/Audio Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Subtitle/Caption Languages

  • English
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish
  • Korean

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