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Filmmakers Explore The State of Arizona




Doing a fair-minded film about an issue as contentious as U.S. immigration policy is no easy task, but filmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval aren’t strangers to dealing with some of the more painful aspects of immigration. Their previous film … Continue reading




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Test Your Knowledge on Immigration




On the occasion of the premiere of the documentary The State of Arizona [on PBS January 27; check local listings], we’ve created a new quiz on American immigration. You may find some of the questions challenging, and just as many answers surprising, as … Continue reading




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American Graduate Shorts: Immigrant High




Our American Graduate short film festival continues with Immigrant High, a film by Xochitl Dorsey. [Go here for more on the American Graduate films.] Immigrant teens find face discrimination, language barriers, unfamiliar cultural traditions — while dealing with the changes all … Continue reading




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Precious Knowledge: On the Front Lines of the Ethnic Studies War




Since the cameras stopped rolling on the documentary Precious Knowledge (premiering May 17 on Independent Lens), the Tucson Unified School District has been all over the news. Precious Knowledge follows the student backlash from a school board decision to dismantle the Mexican … Continue reading




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Shelbyville Director Tackles Race, Immigration, and What it Means to Be American




Kim A. Snyder is an award-winning filmmaker who has made more than a dozen shorts and two feature documentaries. Her latest film, Welcome To Shelbyville, is premiering on Independent Lens Tuesday May 24 at 10 PM (check local listings). In … Continue reading




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