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Looking for actors with their own ties and connections with the refugee experience.

SHANTI, Female. 23 years old.

Born in Colombia and used to be a child soldier. In 2016 with the peace deal she was let go and escaped to the US. SHANTI is observant, smart, and a leader to the group. She is self-educated and has a strategic mind; she speaks passionately and confidently. SHANTI can be stubborn, and will not ask for help even if she needs it. 


SAMI, Male. 27 years old.

He has a Ph.D. in Artificial intelligence from Oxford and is under a lot of tension. He believes he is the fittest to lead and lacks awareness of his privilege. He can come off as a narcissistic because of his sense of entitlement, and a dark sense of humor. He is constantly having an existential crisis and challenging the group’s morals.


VICTORIA, Female. 26 years old.

She had her daughter in the detention center and was separated from her after the first month. VICTORIA has been trying to get her back, but because of legal issues, she has had a difficult time. She copes by dressing up and inventing different characters to entertain. She is the cheerleader of the group and will push them into remaining optimistic no matter what. She is criticized for not being down to earth or taking ownership of her choices.


ERKIN, Male. 25 years old.

Forced to drop out of NYU because he could not afford it anymore, he does not know where his brother is, his mom and dad are in concentration camps. He overstayed his visa and hasn’t declared asylum because of his family; he believes that this would endanger them more. He is an example of someone who is not coping with his circumstances well. ERKIN wants to find a way of integrating it into the group, but the only way he knows how is by clowning around. He is goofy and always trying to make people laugh. He struggles with finding meaning in his existence. 


AYA, Female. 35 years old.

Ivorian. Activist. Manager of the Sanctuary. Incredible speaker and persuasive leader. She handles the finances and oversees the donations the center receives. She likes to appear like he has everything together, and is a beacon of light and hope. However, she doesn’t want to develop a strong connection with those she is trying to help fearing she’ll lose them, and she is struggling to handle the overload of work she has. It’s about appearances, and she tries to be well-liked.  She molds reality to please people. 


ADE ADEDEJI, Male. 24 years old.

American and first-generation Nigerian. Works as a volunteer for the program. He is SHANTI’S love interest and brings her books and anything she asks from the outside world. He is tutoring her for the GED, which is why he is with the group almost all the time. Nerdy, goes into tangents, shy.

Ware also looking for story consultants and musicians from: South Sudan, Brazil, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran, China, Colombia & Syria.

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