Pilar Timpane

Pilar Timpane is a filmmaker and media producer based in Durham, N.C. She is the co-director and producer, with Christine Delp, of the award-winning short documentary SANTUARIO (2018) which follows Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, the first woman to take sanctuary in North Carolina in the recent movement. Visit santuariofilm.com for more information. More of her work can be found at pilartimpane.com.

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After Samuel Oliver-Bruno's Deportation, a Sanctuary Community Suffers Together

by Pilar Timpane 12-03-2018

A group of Samuel Oliver-Bruno's supporters. Photo by Pilar Timpane. 

The space of Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s “home” while in sanctuary is filled with signs he thought he’d return from a biometrics appointment at U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Morrisville, N.C., scheduled at the immigration control office’s request. His work on construction projects around the basement at the CityWell church in Durham, N.C., seems stalled in time. Painting supplies, clothes, other personal items stilled exactly as he left them, where he was working diligently just days before his life was altered irrevocably. A prayer room he helped to build is silent.