Immigrants on Film

                                    Experience the best and the worst of life as an immigrant.


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Feature Films


Border crossing

Follow one man as he leaves  everything behind in Central America. With little sense of direction and only his family's memories as company, he faces the dangers in Mexico and tries to cross into freedom and the United States



In America

 An Irish couple bring their two young daughters to America in search of a better life. Christy and her sister, Ariel find New York's Hell Kitchen a place of magic where anything is possible. To their parents, it represents a place to begin anew. Carried by the girls' youthful hope and faith, the family finds the heart to live and love again.



Lana’s rain

A young woman escapes the violence in Bosnia to find paradise in Chicago with her long lost brother. She is forced to live on the mean streets of Chicago, while being pulled deeper and deeper into her brother's criminal world.



Lost boys of Sudan

Follows two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by their war torn country, who left one life behind and traveled to the United States, looking for a safer environment and learning how to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society.



We are going to America

The tale of one family's journey out of the shtetl and into a world of the unknown. Seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Motl, he creates a sense of wonder and chaotic adventure as his family makes their way toward America





Destination America

A look at the driving forces that have compelled individuals to immigrate to America and, in particular, the immigration of women who have come to this country in search of opportunity and basic human rights denied them in their homelands

DVD 305.9 Des


Ellis Island

Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary adventures, historians explore the sometimes insensitive national policies, and the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveals what the immigration experience was actually like. Features rare photographs and film.

DVD 325.973 Ell 



Documentary film about the next group of immigrants, the Mexicans, that are following in our long history of immigration. It looks at the people of Farmingville, New York, and at how they are dealing with the influx of about 1,500 Mexican workers

DVD 305.868 Far


Wetback: the undocumented documentary

Filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres follows two friends traveling on an extraordinary journey from Central America to North America. These immigrants navigate real-life nightmares with uncanny calm, grace and even humor in their pursuit of a better life.

DVD 304.8 Wet