The Roxie is proud to co-present KQED’s Dear Homeland!
The screening will be followed by a special livestream, featuring a poem by nationally-acclaimed poet and undocumented activist Yosimar Reyes and a live conversation with the director and the film’s captivating subject, Diana Gameros, who will share a live musical performance.
Dear Homeland tells the story of Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Diana Gameros as she finds her voice as an artist and fights to define home for herself as an undocumented immigrant. Told in part through Diana’s hauntingly beautiful music, we learn of her nearly 20-year journey that takes her from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to San Francisco, California, where we watch Diana assert herself not only as a musician, but as an immigrant seeking citizenship and as an advocate for immigrant rights.
It is through song and finding a community of artists and immigrants that she finds the courage to share her own story of being undocumented. She channels her fears and the weight of her separation from her family into powerful songs and activism — navigating the world she left behind in Mexico while finding a home in the United States.
This lyrical and poetic film gives audiences a unique look into the challenges, aspirations and opportunities Diana experiences, providing a counter-narrative to the dehumanizing language that dominates present-day narratives about immigrants. Dear Homeland is a deep reflection on family, resilience and what it means to call a place home.
Directed by Claudia A. Escobar. 2019. United States, Mexico. English and Spanish with subtitles. 57 mins.