DOC:NYC, Hot Springs International Documentary Film Festival , Outfest Fusion

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The research for Finding Home began during a USC documentary workshop in May 2015 in L.A. The short piece I created was based on a series of interviews with Chinese queer immigrants, and the powerful stories they told of their challenges, inner conflicts, and hopes moved me deeply. At least some of the conflicts were specific to the Chinese LGBT immigrant community, yet my USC colleagues and I all recognized the struggle to reconcile different parts of one’s identity and the deep desire to establish a home, sometimes, it seemed, against all odds. Brandon and the organization he belonged to, the Chinese Rainbow Association, agreed for me to document how he navigated his new life as a gay man in the U.S. At the same time, I began developing the conceptual format for this documentary project, and idea based on the belief that stories different people tell about a common experience are even more compelling and powerful when they are brought together. I met with representatives of L.A. base

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Brandon Hsie gave up a successful career as a lawyer in China to move to the U.S. As he struggles over leaving his family behind, Brandon also anticipates a new life where he can live outside the closet.

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Stacy Araujo fled El Salvador to Los Angeles after her life was threatened. We follow Stacy as she competes in “Miss Latina” beauty pageant in the Hollywood and tries to rebuild her life with loved ones.

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After a turbulent life moving back and forth between Iran and the West, Elaheh finds stability in her passion for bodybuilding, where control and discipline are integral.

S1:E3 – Elaheh

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