The Acclaimed Film “From Nowhere” Is Timely And Important


April 20, 2017 — This movie could not be more timely.


From Nowhere tells the story of three high school students who are struggling with all of the same issues that trouble all teenagers, but, in addition, these three have another issue which causes them constant concern.

The are illegal aliens. They know that at any time, should someone require documentation of them, they could end up deported back to countries they don’t know and have never spent any time in. These children are really “from nowhere.”

Each wants to get papers but has to navigate the American legal system to do so. The lawyer who wants to help them makes it clear — the easiest way to obtain legal documentation is to apply for political asylum by “coming up with” some form of threat or abuse that they or their parents are afraid of if they are forced toreturn to their their homelands.

The wrenching drama was the winner of the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film also won the Audience Award and the jury-awarded Special Mention prize at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival.

Matthew Newton (Queen of the Damned) directed the drama which he cowrote with Kate Ballen.

The film stars J. Mallory McCree (Quantico), Octavia Chavez-Richmond and Raquel Castro (Empire). Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass) and Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyer’s Club) co-star as the adults who try to help these young people traverse a difficult and  biased system.

Stream From Nowhere on Amazon Video.


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