I chose to make this film because I knew I had to do something.
Cartel wars left 200,000 people dead. New immigration policy put thousands more at risk, and all of this was 15 minutes from where I used to live. I didn’t know how to help. Then I found Steve Brewer and the House of Gems.
Right in the middle of Mexico’s Valley of Death, he was building a mansion for orphan children. Kids that had seen the worst were about to find a glimmer of hope – a place that 400 of them would be able to call “home.”
Then Steve found himself on a cartel hit list. Everyone on the list was killed. The violence scared off volunteer supporters. American churches grew apathetic. And empty government promises left him angry, yet not without resolve. To this day, he’s the only one from that hit list still alive. So he keeps building in hopes that one day soon, the children will get to come home.
Five years in the making, this is the story of the Shadows of the Valley.