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The Staging Post - The Refugee Education Revolution
A story of hope, courage and connection. Against the backdrop of the ongoing refugee crisis, this powerful, emotional and uplifting story proves that refugees are not just the problem, but can be a part of the solution as well. The…
Home from the Eastern Sea - The Story of Asian Immigration to America
This is the story of the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America. The documentary explores the history of each nationality through the personal stories of representative families. The film begins with the story of the Yee family of…
East of Occidental - The History of Seattle’s Chinatown
This eye-opening documentary tells the story of the inhabitants of Seattle's International District, a unique neighborhood where Chinese, Japanese and Filipino Americans have come together as a political and social force. Archival photographs, oral interviews and period music link the…
Precious Knowledge - Fighting for Mexican American Studies in Arizona Schools
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in…
The Shebabs of Yarmouk - Young Palestinian Refugees
On the brink of the Syrian uprising, in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, the Shebabs, a young close-knit collective of third-generation Palestinian refugees, are preparing for a future of profound uncertainty. Now facing adulthood, they possess a genuine thirst for…
Maine Girls - Teens Bridge Ethnic & Cultural Divides
Following 13 immigrant and non-immigrant teenage girls, MAINE GIRLS explores the important role that young people play in bridging cultural divides. In Maine - the whitest state in America - immigrant students are entering public schools in record numbers. But…
First Person Plural
In this Emmy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion. In 1966, Deann was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in…
I Was Born in Mexico, But… - Growing Up Undocumented in America
A poetic short featuring the voice of a young Latina woman who was brought to the U.S. as a child. The film introduces viewers to a personal voice on the immigration debate: DACA, the Dream Act, and other immigration reform,…
Life, Deferred (Vida Diferida) - The Uncertainties Haunting Undocumented Youth and Their Families
This documentary film tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a…
Forever, Chinatown - An Artist Recreates His Childhood Chinatown in a Rapidly Changing San Francisco
Forever, Chinatown is a documentary of unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This…
Hotel Splendid - How an Italian Hotel Became Home for African Refugees
Selected to screen at the prestigious Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, this award-winning film is an intimate account of a community of migrants from Africa who are living in an Italian hotel converted into an emergency refugee camp. The…
Issei: The First Generation
"Lost" 1984 documentary, rediscovered and restored, about Japanese men and women who, at the turn of the century, immigrated to the West Coast of the United States. These pioneers tell their own stories of struggles and triumphs in a new…
Painted Nails - A Vietnamese Salon Worker Fights for Safe Cosmetics
It won't take long to fall in love with the subject of Painted Nails, Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who serves an ethnically diverse group of working class women with acrylic nails and intricate airbrush designs. Through the…
Who Is Dayani Cristal?
The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to…
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
Gringo Favelado - British Expats Living in Brazilian Favela Communities
Rio de Janeiro is known as The Marvellous City, but beyond the white sand beaches, sexy bodies and samba music Rio is on the brink of disaster. As the Olympics loom on the horizon, Rio has been trying to tackle…
Nisei Soldier - Standard Bearer for an Exiled People
A documentary focusing on the heroism and moral dilemmas of the Japanese American men who fought bravely to liberate European towns during World War II while the rights of their incarcerated families were denied at home. Blue Ribbon, American Film…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…