The Search

Feature   |   English   |  USA - UK

 

PRODUCTION STATUS: In Development

 

GENRE Social Impact Drama/Adventure

 

TAG-LINE: Searching for a new life can be deadly!

 

LOG-LINE: Fleeing their country, Carmen and her mother join the Caravan of migrants and find themselves separated, with no hope to reuniting.

 

Writer: Carol Gomez-Robelo

 

Producer: Carol Bidault de l'Isle

 

Countries of production: Mexico, USA 

 

Duration (in minutes): 90

 

Budget (M$): $1 Million USD

 

SYNOPSIS: 

Based on the story of motion picture“The Search” directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Richard Schweizer, David Wechsler, Paul Jarrico, Montgomery Clift, Betty Smith, Peter Viertel

During the Central American migrant caravans, MRS. MURRAY, a near retirement, Jewish social worker works to reunite families. One of her “lost” children, 10 year old CARMEN, is too traumatized to help the social workers understand what has happened to her. The children of the camp are transferred to another detention center. While in transit, Carmen and one of the other children, RAOUL, escape, try to cross the river, where Raoul drowns. Carmen is able to swim back to shore, where she is found by an African American Army Engineer, STEVE who takes her to the nearby immigrant center.

 

Meanwhile, MRS MARTINEZ, Carmen’s mother is feverishly looking for her. She has connected RAICES, ACLU, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Border Angels, Kids In Need of Defense, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project seeking answers to the whereabouts of her little girl. Steve is also trying to “foster” Carmen so she can be released from the “cages” of detention. She must testify at the courtroom, alone, without representation, without understanding the court proceedings, until a lawyer, appointed by Steve, is able to intercede and motion for temporary custody. Mrs. Martinez also must appear in court, there is a legal aide there that explains the circumstances that lead to her daughter and her to flee Honduras. Despite the danger in being sent back, she is ordered to be deported. 

 

While the final deportation documents are finalized, Mrs. Murray is able to piece together Mrs. Martinez’s daughter and the little girl Steve wants to foster. She is able to put them in touch and reunites mother and daughter, albeit behind bars. Through translators, she is told that is it legal better that she not reunite with her daughter, but to have her “fostered” by Steve, until her appeals are heard. Caught in political crossfires, their hopes of a reunion are shattered, but there is one more last maneuver.

 

Final Card:

In September 2018, nearly 12,800 immigrant children were detained by the U.S. government, a record-high figure spread across 100 federally contracted shelters that is five times higher than the amount held in May 2017.

 

2,500 of those children arrived with their families and were separated under the Trump administration policy. The remaining children in custody arrived as unaccompanied minors. More than 2,000 of those separated children have since been reunited with their families after a judge issued an injunction. About 500 remain in shelters, alongside at least 12,000 other children who have arrived in the United States on their own. By the numbers, that means that potentially 3,000 new unaccompanied minors have been detained by the U.S. government, and have not been released.

The producers of the film would like to thank the following agencies that help refugees and immigrants:

 · RAICES – The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES);

 · ACLU- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),

 · The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

 · Border Angels

 · Kids In Need of Defense

 · Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

 

Based on the story of motion picture“The Search” directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Richard Schweizer, David Wechsler, Paul Jarrico, Montgomery Clift, Betty Smith, Peter Viertel

 

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