Two American women who turned their backs on their homeland and spent most of their 20s living as expatriates in Berlin, Germany reunite in Austin, Texas and find their lives have taken divergent paths.


“The There” is a short film about friendship, identity, alienation and reconciliation. Erica visits the U.S. for the first time after spending eight years as an expatriate living in Europe. She wants to see her friend Ilyana, who had convinced Erica not to return to the U.S. after their year abroad as college students. After several years in Europe, Ilyana reversed her decision and returned to the U.S., but Erica stayed abroad and graduated from a German film school. Back in the U.S., Ilyana survives on an almost minimum wage job and lives on the margins of society despite her college education.