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The many faces of the immigrant experience are revealed on POV, from American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii to Made in L.A., the Emmy Award-winning documentary about Hispanic women who work in modern-day sweatshops, to Rain in a Dry Land, about Somali Bantu families coming to the United States. Whether people migrate in order to find better employment opportunities like the teachers in The Learning or to flee from a war zone as in The Betrayal, POV places a human face on the issues which immigrants face.

Image from Don't Tell Anyone (POV 2013)

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Photo Gallery: Two Views of the Border

Photo Gallery: Two Views of the Border

The Border Film Project handed out six hundred disposable cameras to two groups on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border — undocumented migrants crossing the desert and American Minutemen volunteers trying to stop them.

Related Film: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie): Lesson Plan

This multi-task lesson asks students to look at the DREAM Act in the context of immigration reform and also to reflect on blogging as civic engagement.

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Neuland: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students examine common perceptions of immigrants and refugees with the goal of debunking them using the actual poignant stories and struggles of people who have left their homelands to resettle in very new places.

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Paraíso: Full Film

Paraíso Short Films

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.

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Sin Pais: Trailer

Sin País Trailer

Sin País (Without Country) explores one family's complex and emotional journey involving deportation.

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Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson

Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, two documentary filmmakers whose work has shown multiple times on POV, reflect on what first got them into the game, why they enjoy filmmaking, and how they adjust their filmmaking process with each production.

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The Learning: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will watch a series of video clips that put a human face on both the process of economic decision-making and the reality for millions of people working abroad in order to transfer some of their income (remittances) to loved ones back in their home countries.

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The Learning: Lesson Plan Clip 3

The Fruits of Baltimore Additional Video

The teachers return to the Philippines and realize the new life they can provide for their families with the money they've earned in Baltimore.

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