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A Place to Breathe

A PLACE TO BREATHE explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others. Combining cinema vérité and animation, the film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.

The film weaves together the arcs of Rodrigue (DR Congo), Socheat (Cambodia), Norma (Guatemala), and the young couple Edgar and Yania (Mexico and Uruguay) as they pursue their dreams of supporting their communities’ healing. Common ground and chance connections join these unique stories as the film humanizes those who have migrated here, sharing their wisdom and perspectives that enrich and strengthen our communities. This is more critical than ever with the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on communities of color and immigrant populations. A PLACE TO BREATHE moves audiences to envision new understandings of wellness for all.

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) | Shanna Hollich, Interim Director of Library Services, Wilson College
"This film is highly recommended and could be used across a variety of subject areas, including health sciences; sociology and social work; American studies; race, culture, and ethnic studies; global studies; and political science."

Eat Drink Films | C.J. Hirschfield
"What if health providers and practitioners prescribed ceremonies, rituals, festivals and other community activities as medicine to treat trauma? The excellent new documentary A Place To Breathe would argue that distressed refugees, in particular, would benefit greatly, and the film effectively argues this route as a way to foster resilience."


Main credits

Steinberg, Michelle (film director)
Steinberg, Michelle (film producer)
Steinberg, Michelle (director of photography)
Steinberg, Michelle (editor of moving image work)
Bykofsky, Robyn (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographer and editor: Michelle Grace Steinberg.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

Public Health
Integrative Medicine
Immigration Studies
Health Equity
Culture & Ethnic Studies
American Studies
Public Health
Healthcare, Medicine and Nursing
Immigration and Refugees
Race and Racism
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Cultural Anthropology
American Studies
Documentary Films


Public Health, Integrative Medicine, Immigration Studies, Refugees, Health Equity, Race, Culture & Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, American Studies ; "A Place to Breathe"; GOOD DOCS