Split at the Root follows the emotional journey of mothers separated from their children at the U.S. border and the grassroots initiative that, against all odds, reunites those families.
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When a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum was separated from her kids under Zero Tolerance Policy, a Facebook post by a mom in Queens coalesced into a movement as thousands of like-minded women across the US refused to stand by quietly. Immigrant Families Together was born; a rapid response group committed to doing what the government couldn’t – or wouldn’t do: reunite parents with their children separated by the Zero Tolerance Policy. Families separated at the border made headlines in 2018, prompting protests and policy changes. Over 2,000 children’s reunification status are still unknown and thousands of people impacted by separations are still suffering the effects of pursuing asylum. Following the screening, please join us for a live Q&A with Immigrant Families Together founders (and subjects of the film) Julie and Francisco Schwietert-Collazo.
Split at the Root Documentary Film at SXSW 2022 Split at the Root at Hot Docs 2022

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Director(s): Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Producer(s): Executive Producers: Rosario Dawson, Zak Kilberg, Amanda Marshall, Regina Solorzano
Producer: Marti Noxon, Maria Grasso, Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Miranda Bailey


Editor(s): Eric Torres, Alessandro Soares


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Language: English, Spanish with English Subtitles

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