As an immigrant, I’ve always struggled to find a place to call home. Since my mother and I moved to the United States, we never had a permanent place to call home, and El Salvador, the place I used to call home, was becoming a memory. Turning 18 and starting college, I struggled with my identity. Now, at 22, I have reconnected with what brings me closer to home — language, food, and music.
Missing Home is about the struggles immigrants face remembering their past and finding a new home. There are five video stories, including my own: my parents, starting from different circumstances with different perspectives; my grandparents, who have been here for as long as I can remember; my cousin, who moved here when she was four; and a family friend who is here by himself. I focused on my family, but the themes of this project are universal.