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Immigrant Experiences in the U.S.

The documentaries in this section capture the experiences of individuals from Central America, South America and the Caribbean who have left their homelands hoping to improve their lives in the United States. They find that the many cultural, and economic obstacles they encounter in the U.S. are as big as those they faced in their own countries. In addition the gap between generations is widened by the divide between the parents who arrive with an intense desire to work hard and their children who are influenced by the violence, drugs and negative attitudes common in impoverished urban neighborhoods. Despite the tremendous barriers these immigrants confront on a daily basis, many are able to improve their living conditions and contribute to the economic and cultural development of the U.S.

    Latinos On Campus 47:00 2010, U.S.

    A probing, intimate look at the journey of Latino Students into mainstream American higher education.

    The young Latinos featured, speak about their lives as students at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, yet their stories weave a much larger tale: That of families and communities from diverse geographies but a predominantly common placement within the American landscape.
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    On Track 40:00 Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.

    The human face of gang violence, the profound honesty, and the many points of view presented in this documentary provide a comprehensive analysis of the complex causes and effects of the gang problem. It highlights the importance of personal choice and the responsibility of all members of society to prevent the formation of gangs and the use of guns.
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    The Roubbins Cube 40:00 2007, U.S.

    An introspective documentary of first generation Haitian-American Roubbins Lamothe. Witness his transformation from a fourteen year old teenager growing up in the Boston area housing developments to a twenty-four year old adult. His increasing number of tattoos, his writing, and his relationship with his mother reflect Roubbins' ten-year struggle to solve the emotional, economic, racial, cultural and political issues in his daily life.
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    Here I am 20:22, 1996, U.S.

    Seventeen-year-old Louise Bernard brings us into her high school world, her paintings, and her singing. Through her work she discusses race, women, and careers issues. She also explores her cultural identity as a Haitian born immigrant growing up in the U.S.
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    Independencia/Independence 17:00, 1990, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Depicts the annual Colombian Independence Day celebration in Queens, New York exposing the love and pride Colombians have for their music, food and fellow people. Ironically, Colombians continue to celebrate Independence Day despite having to leave their families, friends and homeland due to violence and economic injustice.
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    La Arepa en Nueva York 17:00, 1989, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Observe Colombian immigration and the maintenance of cultural identity through the story of Bernardo Rodriguez, a street vendor in Jackson Heights, Queens, home to over 300,000 Colombians. While trying to survive selling arepas on Roosevelt Avenue, Bernardo contributes to the lives of his fellow Colombians and at the same time enriches the cultural life of Americans.
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    Casa Primavera 26:00, 1994, U.S.

    Provides an inside look at the members and structure of an innovative mental health program for Latinos with chronic mental illness in Boston. Through daily activities such as cooking, sweeping the floor and making music, residents of Casa Primavera learn the basic social and cultural skills for daily living.
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    No Hay Paz / There is No Peace 27: 00, 1992, U.S.
    In Spanish with English subtitles

    Recounts history of El Salvador and details the 12-year civil war told by Salvadoran immigrants and refugees. There are No Peace focuses on the life of Salvadorans in the United States and their struggle to adjust and survive.
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    It's Tough 20:00 1996, U.S.

    Depicts 24-year-old Jose and his struggle to adapt from Puerto Rican to American culture. Jose shares his process of recovery from drug addiction and imprisonment to becoming a social worker.
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    Women on the Move 30:00, 1999, U.S.

    It features Brunia Beaubrun from Haiti, Dong Tran from Vietnam, and Fabiola Alvarez from Colombia. These three immigrant mothers and leaders in their homes and communities share their process of adjusting to a new culture and fostering their success despite the innumerable barriers they face.
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