Seeking Asylum is a feature documentary that bears witness to the endless deterrents migrants face when petitioning for asylum in the United States. In a dismantled system that has been designed for failure, we follow one woman’s journey as she searches for protection for her and kids. Many people view getting to the United States as the final hurdle of the migration journey, but we quickly learn that once in the U.S. the fight has just begun. During one of the most uncertain times in our country’s history, Seeking Asylum documents the challenges asylum seekers face and shows why asylum is an integral part of the American Dream that we cannot afford to lose.
Rae Ceretto started her career as a photojournalist documenting refugees and women’s rights issues around the globe. At the age of 16 Rae completed her first documentary short film about the 1999 NATO bombings and death of former Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Rae developed a raw, unfiltered way of storytelling that benefited her documentary and commercial career. She graduated with honors from New York University and went on to collaborate with some of the biggest companies in the nonprofit, commercial, and entertainment world. In 2021 Rae was named one of SHOOT Magazine’s emerging directors. Seeking Asylum is her first documentary feature film.
Original Language: Spanish & English
Subtitles: Italian & English
Month and Year of Production: 2019-2022
Color/Black and White: Color
Country of Production: USA
Director: Rae Ceretto
Production: Honeypot Productions
Producer: Kelly Scott
Cast: Kensy Gallardo, Jason de León, Bill Hing, Dana Marks, Chris Boian, Neal Katyal, Rep. Nanette Barragán, Sonia Nazario, Jennifer Nagda, Ashley Tabaddor, Wendy Young, Luis Gonzalez, Brenda Vargas, Leah Chavarria, Kate Clark.
Photography: Rae Ceretto / Jenny Farhat
Editing: Georgia Dodson
Music / Original Soundtrack: Chris Upton & Greg Burnall