"Si Pudiera Quedarme / If I Could Stay" is a heart-wrenching and inspiring story of two undocumented Latinx mothers, Jeanette and Ingrid, who courageously enter local churches to evade deportation and protect their families.

Over five years, they must face the constant threat of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids while
fighting for their legal status and inspiring allies in the predominantly White faith communities. Through an
intimate and raw lens, the film showcases the unwavering strength, love, and sacrifice of these mothers,
who risk everything to keep their families together in the country they call home. "Si Pudiera Quedarme / If I Could Stay" is a call to action and a powerful reminder that providing Sanctuary is not just an act of charity, but a crucial act of
social justice.



Theo Rigby | Florencia Krochik

Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco.

He has been creating stories focusing on the immigrant experience in the U.S. for over the last decade and is the
founder of iNation Media.

Theo recently directed and shot Waking Dream, a six-part series following a diverse cast of young undocumented people with DACA permits. The series was funded by ITVS, premiered on Indielens Storycast, and is currently reaching wide audiences through a multi-platform impact campaign. Theo also directed Immigrant Nation, a series of short films about immigration in the U.S. including The Caretaker, The Mayor, and Marathon, as well as an online storytelling platform, and series of live storytelling events.

Immigrant Nation has been showcased on the New York Times, nationally broadcast on POV, shown at Ellis Island, the 2014 New York Film Festival, and 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, as well as a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant.

His film, Sin País (Without Country), won a Student Academy Award, has screened in over 30 film festivals, and was nationally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Documentary Series, POV, in 2012.

Theo graduated with a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and before making films was an
award-winning photojournalist working for major newspapers and magazines around the world.

Florencia Krochik. Originally from Argentina, director Florencia Krochik’s past work has been supported by the Sundance
Institute, Women in Film, Film Independent, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers
(NALIP) and the Creative Visions Foundation.

Florencia’s body of work has focused on shedding light on stories of undocumented and underrepresented communities. She has directed advocacy content campaigns in the non-profit sector for clients including the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and One Day on Earth. A member of a mixed status family, her latest feature documentary, THE REST OF US, follows a group of undocumented youth over an eight year period as they grapple with their immigration
status in a country that doesn’t recognize them.

In addition to her impact work, Florencia is a world renowned director/producer in the Action Sports sector
having worked in the US, Europe and Asia on live event campaigns and broadcast shows for the US Open
of Surfing, Bear Grylls, Tough Mudder and The Color Run. In addition to her work on Sanctuary Rising,
current directing projects include a series of docu-style shorts for DoorDash in celebration of women of color
entrepreneurs and a feature length narrative film about an immigrant family’s first week in America.


Productora: iNation Media

Equipo Realización:

  • Productor/a: Theo Rigby | Florencia Krochik
  • Guionista: Theo Rigby
  • Director/a Fotografía: Theo Rigby
  • Camarógrafo/a: Theo Rigby
  • Montaje: Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
  • Música: William Fritch
  • Sonido: Gerardo Villareal
  • Diseño Banda Sonora: Gerardo Villareal