Every refugee and asylum seeker has a story to tell.

Law Student Discussion and Activity Guide

Law Student Discussion & Activity Guide
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
NY Cinematography Association Best LGBT Film
OutFest Los Angeles Selection
Impact Doc Awards
Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival 2019 Laurels
Fort Worth - Best Documentary Award
Forth Worth Audience Choice Award
Tampa Bay Best Documentary -- Film Runner Up
Scottsdale International Film Festival Best Documentary Award laurel
Tampa Bay Best Documentary -- Film Runner Up
Alexander Valley Film Festival Best Documentary 2019 Laurels
Dayton LGBT Film Festival Audience Award Best Feature 2019 Laurels
ReelOut Best Documentary Feature Laurels
Atlanta Out On Film Jury Prize Runner Up 2019 Laurels
Frameline Selection
United Nations Association Film Festival 2019
San Francisco Film Festival World Premiere
Official Selection of the 2019 San Antonio QFest LGBT International Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
New Fest New York Laurels
Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival 2019 Laurels
Buffalo International Film Festival Official Selection 2019 Laurels
Cleveland International Film Festival Official Selection 2020 Laurels
Mountainfilm Festival Official Selection 2020 Laurels
Cinemabeiro a Coruna

Very well directed, as its laser focus on the plight of its subjects resonates with those watching. It is supremely well-edited, and the score ties everything together wonderfully.

Bobby LePire, FilmThreat

Adheres to every fraught definition of its title.

Lauren Wissot, IDA

Truly an inspiring story bringing awareness to serious global issues

Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic

Moving. Poignant. Puts a human face on the intense plights that refugees endure.

This film raises many complicated issues.

Michael Krasny, KQED Forum


Heather Cassell, Bay Area Reporter

Stirring and timely.


E. Nina Rothe, E. Nina Rothe

It’s as powerful and poignant as it is informing and hopeful.

Randy Myers, The Mercury News

One of the things that this film makes very clear is that getting to the United States is not the end of the struggle… especially for LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.

Ari Shapiro, NPR

This is an amazing film! Shows us how little we know about the refugee experience.

See this film!

Rose Aguilar, KALW
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An engrossing study and empathetic look at the particular struggles of U.S. immigration in the new millennium.

Dennis Harvey, Variety Magazine

Shepard works magic by enrolling viewers in a cause people don’t necessarily identify with or even like.

Unsettled will open eyes — and make them tear up.

Rob Lester, Edge Media Network

Unsettling. Brilliant and gorgeous.

Reveals the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.

Cat Brooks, KPFA

Gives us real people and asks us to care for them.

Darrel Manson, ScreenFish

Scenes of personal interaction help make Unsettled distinctive.

Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

Shepard does solid work following these stories for years. He works in a quiet observation of class and status.

Michael Glitz, Book & Film Globe

Invites compassion rather than imposing it.

Scott Stiffler, Los Angeles Blade

Paints a sobering but ultimately hopeful portrait of possibility for those who are allowed to enter.

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

Shepard always keeps things on track. Well-paced, beautifully scored

Highly recommend the immensely moving Unsettled.  It reminds us of all of those whose stories have not been told and the urgent need to become a more generous nation and stand up for the rights of LGBTQ people everywhere.

Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, Interview with WBUR