Amanda’s Prison

Amanda Morales Guerra has rarely seen the light of day since she entered Holyrood Church Santa Cruz almost a year ago. As she fled violence in her native Guatemala and, after years in the US, a deportation order by the Trump administration, priest and activist Luis Barrios had offered her sanctuary in his church in Uptown Manhattan. When I visit Amanda, she is caught up in memories of the inflatable children’s pool in her garden in Long Island, her own slice of the American Dream.

final film of the New York Film Academy’s documentary program

Director, Editor & 2nd Camera: Christina Felschen, 1st Camera: Marcela Marcelli, Sound & 3rd Camera: Alejandro Kirchuk