Key Cast & Crew

Anike Tourse, writer and director

Anike Tourse has written for daytime serial “One Life to Live,” for sitcom series “Girlfriends” and is the playwright of stage play “No Milk Today” which premiered at the Wisconsin Fermentation Fest. She has written and produced multilingual videos and public service announcements for the Immigrant Rights Movement including CHIRLA’s Know Your Rights training video (viewed by millions internationally) and is the writer, producer and first time director of award-winning short film “America; I Too.” Anike has penned and performed several solo shows touring her productions nationally as well as to the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival; the largest international theater festival in the world and on a Nigerian tour sponsored by the 7-UP Bottling Company. Anike’s projects include an animated short film in development called “Frances the Fish.” Anike earned her BA from Bates College and MFA degree from The Ohio State University. Anike is the principal of production company Mixed Operations.

Angelica Salas, Executive Producer

Angelica Salas has led the transformation of a coalition of social service providers into an organization that empowers immigrants to engage in advocacy on their own behalf. She has helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy as a member of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Reform Immigration for America (RIFA).

Daniel Sollinger, producer

Daniel Sollinger is a graduate of New York University’s Film School, and the producer of more than 350 commercials, music videos, and short films for clients including Pepsi, Warner Brothers Records, CBS, Sony, and Comedy Central. His work has won awards from New York University, The American Film Institute, The Accolade Awards and the American Motion Picture Society. After working on numerous rap videos for artists such as Will Smith, and A Tribe Called Quest, Daniel produced “Rhyme & Reason,” a feature film documentary on hip-hop culture. It was distributed by Miramax Films and played in 280 theaters nationwide. Since then, Daniel has gone on to produce or line produced over 50 independent feature films, including “The Alphabet Killer,” “Girls Against Boys,” “In My Sleep,” “Rhyme & Reason,” and “Without Men.”He is a member of the PGA and a DGA Unit Production Manager. Daniel was the producer for CHIRLA’s short film “America; I Too”.

Barkhad Abdi, lead actor

Barkhad Abdi, Principal Performer, made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips. For his performance in the film he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award and won the BAFTA and London Critics’ awards. He has gone on to receive wide acclaim for his feature film Eye in the Sky starring with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul, directed by Oscar winner Gavin Hood and to be cast in the highly anticipated Blade Runner reboot coming out this fall. A Somali native, Abdi signed up for America; I Too not knowing two of the places he lived – Somalia and Yemen would be included in the President’s immigration travel ban.

Quetzal, ensemble

Quetzal, Featured Music, is an ensemble that tells social, cultural, 
political, and musical stories. Quetzal was featured in the soundtrack to the 2004 short film, Stand Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story, from Visual Communications (VC). In 2013 the band won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Album. Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores are co-producers of Entre Mujeres, a cd released in 2012. Quetzal’s creative and innovative music earned them an invitation to speak and perform in the U.S. Library of Congress and Kennedy Center’s Homegrown music series. Listen to their song featured in America; I Too here “Estoy Aqui.”