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A Place to Breathe

(Michelle Grace Steinberg, 2020)

Stream | Artist Residency

The timely documentary A Place to Breathe explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee health-care practitioners and patients.

Supported through a postproduction residency in the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio, this feature-length project intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others. Combining animation and cinema verité techniques, the film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the US survive and thrive.

The film follows 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. Their stories are anchored at Street Level Health Project in Oakland, CA, and Metta Health Center in Lowell, MA. Each facility has its own model of “whole community” healing that provides powerful insight on culturally responsive, trauma-informed approaches to increasing health equity. Common ground and chance connections join these unique stories as the film humanizes those who have migrated to the US, sharing their enriching perspectives. As A Place to Breathe reveals, this wisdom is more needed than ever with the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on communities of color and immigrant populations. (86 mins., HD video)

More about the film

A line of people gather under colorful umbrellas on a city street

Image courtesy of the filmmaker

A man and woman wait in a doctors office

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A man writes in a notebook with a small globe in the foreground

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A health-care worker adjusts a setting on an IV machine

Image courtesy of the filmmaker

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Cardinal Health
Kaufman Development

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington
Nationwide Foundation
Adam R. Flatto
Arlene and Michael Weiss

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Michael and Paige Crane
Axium Plastics
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Ohio State Energy Partners
Washington Prime Group
Lisa M. Barton
Nancy Kramer
Paramount Group, Inc.
Business Furniture Installations
CASTO
E.C. Provini Co., Inc.
M-Engineering
New England Development
Our Country Home
ProAmpec

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