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Discussion Guides

High School Discussion Guide

Thanks to Bill Meyer at the Marin Academy, we had the opportunity to work with four high school seniors who generously donated their time and efforts to the Unsettled Impact & Engagement Campaign. Special thanks to Ava Iannuccillo, Jamie Press, Jasmine Watson and Rylee Blum for developing this discussion guide aimed at high school students.

CLICK HERE for the UNSETTLED High School Discussion Guide.

SFFILM Viewing Guide

Thanks to our friends at SFFILM for putting together this viewing guide. This guide challenges students to take a closer look at the struggle and traumas experienced by the film’s subjects and to think critically about their own biases while expanding their knowledge on the global refugee crisis and LGBT rights worldwide.

CLICK HERE for the SFFILM Viewing Guide for UNSETTLED.

Law Student Discussion & Activity Guide

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
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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

Unsettling. Brilliant and gorgeous.

Reveals the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.

Cat Brooks, KPFA

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

This film raises many complicated issues.

Michael Krasny, KQED Forum

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

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles 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

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

Truly an inspiring story bringing awareness to serious global issues

Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic


Heather Cassell, Bay Area Reporter

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

Randy Myers, The Mercury News

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


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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

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

See this film!

Rose Aguilar, KALW

Unsettled will open eyes — and make them tear up.

Rob Lester, Edge Media Network

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

Adheres to every fraught definition of its title.

Lauren Wissot, IDA

Stirring and timely.

Invites compassion rather than imposing it.

Scott Stiffler, Los Angeles Blade