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Immigration

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A World Not Ours

by Mahdi Fleifel

Premiere Date: August 18, 2014


A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. (90 minutes)

Special Flight

by Fernand Melgar

Premiere Date: July 1, 2013


The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, points up contradictions between compassionate social policies and intractable immigration laws. (60 minutes)

POV Short Cuts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Short is sweet as POV presents brief documentary encounters — the Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham, the Student Academy Award winner Sin País, and the return of StoryCorps. (60 minutes)

Sin País

by Theo Rigby

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Winner of a Student Academy Award®, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation.

The Learning

by Ramona Diaz

Premiere Date: September 20, 2011


Four Filipino women leave their families and schools to teach in the U.S. The women bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of American life. (90 minutes)

The Icing on the Cake

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: September 7, 2010


The daughter of two Mexican immigrants reveals how much she saw of her parents' lives as a child — and the inspiration she drew from their struggles. (2 minutes)

Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Premiere Date: September 22, 2009


Rocky Otoo is the sassy teenage daughter of Ghanaian parents. After she rebels against her mother's rule in the Bronx, she flees to her father, a chief in Ghana. (60 minutes)

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath

Premiere Date: July 21, 2009


This Academy Award-nominated film chronicles Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family’s escape from Laos after the Vietnam War. In America, they find a different kind of war. (90 minutes)

Calavera Highway

by Renee Tajima-Peña and Evangeline Griego

Premiere Date: September 16, 2008


A sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings. (90 minutes)

9 Star Hotel

by Ido Haar

Premiere Date: July 22, 2008


Young construction laborers in the Israeli city of Modi'in are caught between Israeli security laws and a Palestinian Authority they see as having failed them. (60 minutes)

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

by Kieran Fitzgerald

Premiere Date: July 8, 2008


In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández Jr. (90 minutes)

Made in L.A.

by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Premiere Date: September 4, 2007

Encore Broadcast: August 11, 2009


Follow the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their long battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. (90 minutes)

Rain in a Dry Land

by Anne Makepeace

Premiere Date: June 19, 2007


Two Somali Bantu families are transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to settle in Springfield, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.

Al Otro Lado

by Natalia Almada

Premiere Date: August 1, 2006


The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border.

Farmingville

by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Premiere Date: June 22, 2004


The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. (90 minutes)

The Sixth Section

by Alex Rivera

Premiere Date: September 2, 2003

Encore Broadcast: August 31, 2004


The Sixth Section captures the dynamic form of cross-border organizing through the story of 'Grupo Union,' a small band of Mexican immigrants in upstate New York who devote themselves to raising money in order to rebuild the town they left behind. (26 minutes)

90 Miles

by Juan Carlos Zaldívar

Premiere Date: July 29, 2003


Cuban American filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar, once a 13-year-old loyalist of the Cuban Revolution, recounts the strange twist of fate that took him across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water in 90 Miles. (54 minutes)

Mai's America

by Marlo Poras

Premiere Date: August 6, 2002


A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime — to study in the United States. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai’s unforgettable journey offers an outsider’s glimpse inside America. (80 minutes)

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights

by Eric Paul Fournier

Premiere Date: July 10, 2001

Encore Broadcast: July 15, 2003


Of Civil Wrongs and Rights is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Fred Korematsu — who resisted the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. (54 minutes)

My American Girls

by Aaron Matthews

Premiere Date: July 3, 2001

Encore Broadcast: August 13, 2002


In vivid vérité detail, My American Girls: A Dominican Story captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews' film captures the rewards — and costs — of pursuing the American dream. (54 minutes)

First Person Plural

by Deann Borshay Liem

Premiere Date: December 18, 2000

Encore Broadcast: August 10, 2010


A young Korean girl grows up with an American family: but years later, Deann Borshay Liem discovers that her Korean mother is still very much alive. (60 minutes)

American Gypsy

by Jasmine Dellal

Premiere Date: August 29, 2000


There are over one million Gypsies living in America today, and most people don’t know anything about them. It is one man’s obsessive pursuit of justice and dignity that led filmmaker Jasmine Dellal into their hidden thousand-year-old culture. (54 minutes)

La Boda

by Hannah Weyer

Premiere Date: June 27, 2000


Elizabeth is marrying Artemio in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and you are cordially invited to the wedding. Meet these two young people from the U.S.-Mexican border region whose lives are framed by the challenges of migrant life.

Well-Founded Fear

by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini

Premiere Date: June 5, 2000


Political asylum — who deserves it? Who gets it? With unprecedented access, filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson enter the closed corridors of the INS to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth.

The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez

by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg

Premiere Date: July 27, 1999


A son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries learns of his parents' past. A chronicle of his turbulent journey of self-discovery, offering a striking account of the costs of fiercely held convictions and the binding force of a son's love. (56 minutes)

Rabbit in the Moon

by Emiko Omori

Premiere Date: July 6, 1999


Fifty years after World War II, Japanese Americans recall their years in the internment camps of WWII. From the exuberant recollections of a typical teenager, to the simmering rage of citizens forced to sign loyalty oaths, filmmaker Emiko Omori renders a poetic and illuminating picture of a deeply troubling chapter in American history.

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary

by Laura Simon

Premiere Date: July 1, 1997


Teacher/filmmaker Laura Simon takes us inside her school's classrooms and faculty lounge, where a California law will deny public education to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Xich-lo (Cyclo)

by M. Trinh Nguyen

Premiere Date: July 30, 1996


A meditative journey of a Vietnamese woman, now a U.S. citizen, who returns to her homeland and wonders where she really belongs.

a.k.a. Don Bonus

by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Don Bonus Ny

Premiere Date: June 25, 1996


A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who now lives in San Francisco's inner city.

Personal Belongings

by Steven Bognar

Premiere Date: June 11, 1996


Bela Bognar is no ordinary American dad. Now a suburbanite, he once fought against Soviet domination during the Hungarian revolution. Ever since, his life has been a longing for the glories of the past. Steven Bognar crafts a moving portrait of his father's 40-year quest for identity and home.

¡Palante Siempre Palante!

by Iris Morales

Premiere Date: June 1, 1996


They were leaders of the Young Lords Party, the militant Puerto Rican civil rights organization based in New York. Today, many are notable mainstream journalists, including Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Luciano and Pablo Guzman. Iris Morales makes history come alive as veterans of the movement recall their fight for equality, jobs, health care, and education.

Memories of Tata

by Sheldon Schiffer

Premiere Date: June 28, 1994


Are machismo, infidelity and violence inseparable? In a tragically common family saga, Sheldon Schiffer reflects on his legacy and reexamines what it means to be a man.

Miami-Havana

by Estela Bravo

Premiere Date: August 17, 1993


Award-winning filmmaker Estela Bravo visits families split between Miami and Havana who tell of the personal costs of the 30-year conflict between the United States and Cuba.