Paper Children

Film phase:Completed


Paper Children reveals America’s invisible refugee crisis through the eyes of one family that defies a broken system with their unwavering resilience.  Deep in the everyday life of the loving and optimistic Gonzalez family, the horrific violence of gang-ridden Honduras and the encroaching threat of draconian US enforcement are almost forgotten.  The film goes beyond the traditional immigration narrative to a nuanced, intimate story which implicates us all in how we care for the most vulnerable.

Paper Children was a participant of the 2017 (Egg)celerator Lab, with generous support provided by Knight Foundation.


Black and white headshot of Alexandra (Ali) Codina from the neck up with a slightly open mouth smile wearing hoop earrings.Alexandra (Ali) Codina’s debut, Monica & David, premiered on HBO, won Tribeca Film Festival’s Jury Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, and has aired in 33 countries. Alumna of the Sundance Knight Fellowship, Good Pitch, Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and Tribeca All Access, Ali co-founded the Miami Filmmakers Collective, a space for filmmakers to collaborate, connect and learn. Based in Miami, Ali is the mother of two little boys. Paper Children is her second film.