A Place To Breathe

Q&A Thursday, October 8, 6pm PDT

with Michelle Steinberg, Director/Producer, Robyn Bykofsky, Producer, and film subject Rodrigue Kalambayi

Moderated by KQED Arts & Culture reporter Chloe Veltman

Cambodian people walking up the street.

Starts October 2

A PLACE TO BREATHE explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others. Combining cinema vérité and animation, the film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.

Renderings of people in the film A PLACE TO BREATHE.

The film weaves together the arcs of Rodrigue (DR Congo), Socheat (Cambodia), Norma (Guatemala), and the young couple Edgar and Yania (Mexico and Uruguay) as they pursue their dreams of supporting their communities’ healing. Common ground and chance connections join these unique stories as the film humanizes those who have migrated here, sharing their wisdom and perspectives that enrich and strengthen our communities. This is more critical than ever with the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on communities of color and immigrant populations. A PLACE TO BREATHE moves audiences to envision new understandings of wellness for all.

Director/Producer – Michelle Grace Steinberg. Producer – Robyn Bykofsky. USA. 2020. 87 mins.


To join us for the Zoom Q&A, go the Eventbrite page where the film is hosted – this page is accessible once your ticket has been purchased. The Zoom link will go live on the page at 6pm PDT on October 8th.


Price: Sliding scale: $5.00-20.00 suggested donation! (50% of proceeds support The Roxie Theater)

Rental Period: 7 Days.