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My American Girls: A Dominican Story

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 13, 2002

PBS Premiere: July 3, 2001


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. From hard-working parents, who imagine retiring to their rural homeland, to fast-tracking American-born daughters, caught between their parent's values and their own, the film encompasses the contradictions of contemporary immigrant life. A Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Co-presentation.

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TAGS: children, dominican, dominican republic, education, girls, identity, immigrants, latinas, mothers, parenting, parents, teenagers, teens, youth

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Film Information

My American Girls (54 min.)

Premiere Date: July 3, 2001

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 13, 2002

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Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Aaron Matthews Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release


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