Mari N'Timansieme

Mari N'Timansieme
Subject in the film "Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America."

Cheyenne and Mari are from Luanda, Angola where they met and fell in love over ten years ago. Working together as musicians, performers, and business entrepreneurs in Angola, they faced intense harassment in their home country: neighbors cut their power, killed their dog and bullied them in public. Fleeing to Capetown, South Africa, they unsuccessfully tried to secure refugee status in that country. After their visas expired, they returned to Angola where a family member attempted to poison their food. Quickly, they were able to secure student visas to the United States and began a three-year adjudication process to apply for asylum in California.