The Film "America's Family" Is Now Fully Accessible Thanks To Dicapta
"America's Family," a poignant tale of resilience and unity in the face of adversity, has taken a monumental step towards accessibility. Now fully available with audio description in English and American Sign Language (ASL) created by Dicapta, this powerful film offers an inclusive viewing experience for a wider audience.
Set against the backdrop of a family torn apart by an ICE raid on Thanksgiving Day, the story follows the Diaz family's heart-wrenching journey. Mother Marisol's arrest, father Jorge's refuge-seeking, and the deportation of eldest son Koke shatter their once-united home. However, amidst the turmoil, attorney son Emiliano embarks on a legal battle to reunite the family, while youngest daughter Valentina's social media campaign amplifies their story globally. As each member navigates their trials, the film beautifully unravels the profound strength of love, faith, and the uplifting power of community.
The movie was directed by Anike Tourse, a versatile multimedia maker with a rich repertoire both on and off the screen. Her directorial prowess is exemplified in the award-winning short film "America; I Too," featuring Barkhad Abdi and now distributed by New Day Films. Beyond directing, Tourse's upcoming projects, include the animated short "Frances the Fish" and a children's story and short film capturing the vibrancy of children biking on Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv, Israel. Anike is a member of New Days Films, a U.S. film distribution cooperative that primarily serves the non-theatrical market (colleges and universities, libraries, high schools, and community groups). New Day Films titles can be watched on the New Days' streaming platform and Kanopy.
Viewers can now experience the accessibility of "America's Family" on the All4Acces platform, making this impactful story accessible to a broader spectrum of audiences. Through the Diaz family's journey, the film illuminates the resilience born from love and the unyielding spirit that emerges amidst adversity, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who watch.
The creation of these accessibility elements has been made possible through the TV Access grant H327C210001, generously funded by the U.S. Department of Education.