Guatemalan native Rodi Alvarado left her home and children because she feared her abusive husband would kill her. After a decade of beatings by her husband, Alvarado left Guatemala basically penniless and made her way to San Francisco. There, she petitioned for political asylum. Her case is unusual because she is a victim of spousal abuse.
After Russia’s most famous artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov fled the oppression of the Soviet Union, they never thought they would return — until they were offered the chance to exhibit their work at the Hermitage, Russia’s greatest museum. The exhibition was an extraordinary success, but it brought back memories of why they fled. The Art of Departure explores decades of the turbulent lives of the Kabakovs, both in and out of the Soviet Union.
Fang-Yi Sheu always loved to dance, but the island of Taiwan was too small for her ambition. She wanted to dance on the world stage — which meant she had to leave her uncomprehending parents behind and take her chances in New York City. The Art of Departure chronicles her life, living as a star of the Martha Graham Dance Company.