Documentaries with a point of view

Immigration

Miami-Havana
by Estela Bravo
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Memories of Tata
by Sheldon Schiffer
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
¡Palante Siempre Palante!
by Iris Morales
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Personal Belongings
by Steven Bognar
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
a.k.a. Don Bonus
by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Don Bonus Ny
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 25, 1996
A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who now lives in San Francisco's inner city.
Xich-lo (Cyclo)
by M. Trinh Nguyen
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
by Laura Simon
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Rabbit in the Moon
by Emiko Omori
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez
by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Well-Founded Fear
by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
La Boda
by Hannah Weyer
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
American Gypsy
by Jasmine Dellal
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
First Person Plural
by Deann Borshay Liem
PBS Premiere Date: Dec. 18, 2000
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
My American Girls
by Aaron Matthews
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 3, 2001
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
Of Civil Wrongs And Rights
by Eric Paul Fournier
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 10, 2001
Encore Broadcast: Jul. 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.
Mai's America
by Marlo Poras
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
90 Miles
by Juan Carlos Zaldívar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
The Sixth Section
by Alex Rivera
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 2, 2003
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
Farmingville
by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Al Otro Lado
by Natalia Almada
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Rain in a Dry Land
by Anne Makepeace
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 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.
Made in L.A.
by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 4, 2007
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 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.
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández
by Kieran Fitzgerald
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
9 Star Hotel
by Ido Haar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Calavera Highway
by Renee Tajima-Peña and Evangeline Griego
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2008
A sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Bronx Princess
by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
StoryCorps Shorts: The Icing on the Cake
by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 7, 2010
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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.
The Learning
by Ramona Diaz
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 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.
Sin País
by Theo Rigby
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Winner of a Student Academy Award®, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family's complex and emotional journey involving deportation.
POV Short Cuts (2012)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Special Flight
by Fernand Melgar
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 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.
Paraíso
by Nadav Kurtz
Digital Premiere Date: Mar. 5, 2014
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Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers. Paraíso reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down.
The Words in the Margins
by Sara Mott
Digital Premiere Date: May. 12, 2014
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An intimate portrait of two men born worlds apart but connected by their dreams of a better life.
The Caretaker
by Theo Rigby and Kate McLean
Digital Premiere Date: May. 12, 2014
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 29, 2015
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The Caretaker is a portrait of two women who are outsiders in the place they call home. Haru is a 95-year-old Japanese-American migrant who was interned during World War II. Joesy is an undocumented worker from Fiji who cares for her.
A World Not Ours
by Mahdi Fleifel
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 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.
Return to Homs
by Talal Derki
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 2015
A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.
Neuland
by Anna Thommen
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 17, 2015
One teacher prepares his students for their new life in Switzerland as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.
Cutie and the Boxer
by Zachary Heinzerling
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 18, 2015
An Oscar®-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
by Mikaela Shwer
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 21, 2015
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she's ever known — the United States. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.