American Refugees: The Beast Inside

Told through the power of spoken word rap and illustrated with hand-drawn animations and a muted warm color palette, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self.

This film is part of ‘American Refugees: Four animated short films about real families, homelessness & resilience.’ See the other films, download a discussion guide, and learn more at

Director: Amy Enser & Drew Christie
Animation: Drew Christie
Producer: Lindy Boustedt
Editor: Kris Boustedt
Original Music: Eric Goetz
Sound Design & Mix: Jon Goff

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