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Immigration & Exile

The # 7 Train: An Immigrant Journey
Hye Jung Park & JT Takagi
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1999, 29 min., Color, US
Every day 500,000 people from 117 different countries ride a subway that runs from Flushing to Times Square, going through Queens, the most culturally diverse region in the United States. This documen...

Acting Our Age
Gurinder Chadha
1992, 30 min., Color, UK
This humorous and thought-provoking film documents the residents of a South Asian home for the elderly in Britain. Director Gurinder Chadha assists the residents in directing their own video. The resu...

Americano
Carlos Ferrand
Producer: Sylvain L'Esperance
2007, 110 min., Color, Canada
"I’m on my way to reconnect with long lost friends, 'mi familia Americana'. I need them to help me take the pulse of the Americas." Carlos Ferrand AMERICANO is a personal journey through the back a...

Among the First to Die
Paul Barrera
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 8 min., Color, US
The life and death of one of the first American casualties of the War against Terror - Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez, a 28 year old Guatemalan, who joined the Marines because "he wanted to give back...

Animal Appetites
Michael Cho
1991, 18 min., Color, US
Michael Cho's biting critique on popular cultural stereotypes centers on the case of two Cambodian immigrants tried in California on charges of slaughtering their pet dog for food. Contrasting animal ...

Arizona : Resisting SB 1070 Immigration Law
Producer: NDLON, NDWA & Puente Movement
2011, 60 min., Color, US
These four videos document the impact of SB 1070 and other immigration policies on the lives of immigrant families in Arizona, and the growing national efforts to end these violations of human and civ...

Bittersweet Survival : Southeast Asian ​R​efugees in America
J.T. Takagi & Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1982, 30 min., Color, US
This documentary examines the re-settlement of South-East Asian refugees in the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The film begins with a montage of riveting footage depicting the deva...

Border Brujo
Isaac Artenstein
Producer: Cinewest
1989, 60 min., Color
Border Brujo is a ritual-linguistic journey across the U.S./Mexico border written and performed by artist Guillermo Gómez Peña. In the guise of a cross-cultural shaman, Gómez Peña shifts into 15 diff...

Borne in War
Va-Megn Thoj
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1996, 9 min., Color, US
This semi-autobiography traces the maker's birth on a secret CIA military base in the hills of Laos to his anti-war college years during the Persian Gulf War. Mixing archival footage, family photograp...

Call For Change Series 2005
Various
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 133 min., Color, US
A series of 16 shorts on how NYC communities of color view their "State of America" and what they're doing to make changes. These shorts aim to provoke discussion and more. Topics range from the cont...

Claiming Our Voice
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
Producer: Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel & Chitra Aiyar
2013, 21 min., US
CLAIMING OUR VOICE follows members of Andolan, a Queens-based organization founded and led by South Asian domestic workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitati...

Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Korean Transgendered Adoptee
Larry Tung
2015, 24 min., Color, US/Korea
Pauline Park, a transgender rights activist in New York City, was born into a poor family in post-war Korea. Adopted by white American parents, she left Korea as a 7-month old baby boy and grew up in ...

Comrades
Edward Wong
1999, 26 min., Color, US
COMRADES is a personal documentary essay about two men who took part in the violent socialist struggles of the mid-20th century, only to face resistance and disillusionment. The producer's father, Yoo...

Corner Store Blues
Kaizad Gustad
1994, 48 min., Color
Although he feels trapped working in his uncle's corner store in Little India, Rahul dreams of someday making it as a blues musician. A real black blues musician. Now if only he can overcome his Bomba...

Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity
Kevin Lee
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 12 min., Color, US
A restaurant owner beaten. A policeman fired. A 20 year subway conductor born in the U.S., threatened with job loss: All for wearing the signature turbans of their religion, Sikhism. Since 9/11, h...

Deported
Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault
2012, 72 min., Color, Haiti
DEPORTED follows members of a unique group of men in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who h...

Double Exposure
Kit-Yin Snyder
2003, 26 min., Color
A poetically inspired documentary, exploring the conflicts and contradictions of the "cultural statelessness" experienced by a first generation Chinese-American immigrant. It uses a series of first-pe...

Dreaming Rivers
Martina Attille
Producer: Sankofa Film and Video Collective
1988, 35 min., Color, UK
Evoking the colonial experience of Caribbean immigrants in Britain, DREAMING RIVERS presents an impressionist rendering of a middle-aged Black on the past, present and future from her death bed. Atten...

Echando Raices
J.T. Takagi
Producer: The American Friends Service Committee/Rachel Kamel/Third World Newsreel
2002, 60 min., Color, US
Made in collaboration with local community groups, this three part documentary looks at the lives and struggles of a range of immigrant and refugee communities. In the Central Valley of California, m...

Enemy Alien
Konrad Aderer
2011, 82 min., Color, US
ENEMY ALIEN is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the fil...

Entry Denied
Christopher Browne
1997, 21 min., Color, Jamaica
A young Jamaican footballer, from the ghetto areas of Kingston, is refused a visa to take up a scholarship at a university in the United States. Dramatic events and coincidences conspire to take this ...

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides
Lucy Craft, Karen Kasmauski & Kathryn Tolbert
2015, 26 min., Color, US
Three Japanese war brides trace their tumultuous journey to America as the young wives of US soldiers and civilians. Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married...

Farouk Abdel Muthi: Political Prisoner
Konrad Aderer
2003, 9 min., Color, US
The late Farouk Abdel-Muhti was born in Ramallah, Palestine in 1947. His mother died when Israeli Occupation forces refused to let his family through a checkpoint to reach a hospital. He came to the U...

Fei Tien: Goddess in Flight
Christine Choy
1983, 23 min., Color
Based on the play, "Pigeons," by Ginny Lim, this film focuses on the meeting between an older immigrant and younger American-born woman living in Chinatown. The linkages in their pasts and possible fu...

Floristas
Ruben Gonzalez
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1995, 18 min., Color, US
Floristas are immigrant flower vendors who scratch out a living by hawking their wares on the streets of New York City. Gonzalez depicts a world where survival depends on not only selling your wares,...

Flow
Yau Ching
1993, 38 min., Color
FLOW is a multi-layered investigation of contemporary political, cultural and psychological dislocations. Interweaving interviews with image processing and a critical and formally flexible use of the ...

Forbidden to Wander
Susan Youssef
2003, 35 min., Color
FORBIDDEN TO WANDER chronicles the experiences of a young Arab American woman traveling on her own in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the summer of 2002. The film is a ...

Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora
Lisa Wickham
2011, 50 min., Color
Shot in nine countries, this documentary reveals the economic power of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities; the significance of their contribution to their homeland, as travel...

Freckled Rice
Steven C. Ning
1983, 48 min., Color, US
This is a story of Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming of age and coming to terms with his Chinese America heritage in Boston during the 1960s. His Boston encompasses Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the Kennedy ...

The Friends
Kathe Sandler
1996, 26 min., Color
A coming of age story about the friendship between two young Black girls growing up in 1957 Harlem, Phyllisia Cathy from a newly arrived, upwardly mobile Caribbean family and Edith Jackson, Harlem-bor...

From Asia With Love
Sari Dalena
2002, 12 min., Color, US
A critical look at the proliferation of the mail-order bride industry in Asia and its representations of Asian women in the West....

From Spikes to Spindles
Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1976, 46 min., Color, US
This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join...

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
Eduardo López & Peter Getzels
Producer: Wendy Thompson-Marquez
2012, 90 min., Color, US
At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, HARVEST OF EMPIRE examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we ...

Her Uprooting Plants Her
Celine Salazar Parrenas
1994, 17 min., Color, US
Ten years after immigrating to the United States, three Filipina sisters move out of the family house and open a sari-sari (corner) store. On Christmas Eve their family meet in the store and share sto...

Hito Hata: Raise the Banner
Duane Kubo & Robert Nakamura
Producer: Visual Communications
1980, 90 min., Color, US
This poignant drama chronicles the contributions and hardships of Japanese Americans from the turn of the century to the late seventies. This history is told by Oda, a feisty Issei--one of the elderly...

Homeland Insecurity
Third World Newsreel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 6 min., Color, US
A recent string of hate crimes in the months following September 11th is set within the historical context of jingoism and nationalism in the United States....

Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story
Maria Binder
1997, 28 min., Color, Germany
A moving documentary about the life and untimely death of Ghanaian-German poet, academic and political personality May Ayim. Ayim was one of the founders of the Black German Movement, and her research...

I Call Myself Persian: Iranians in America
Tanaz Eshaghian & Sara Nodojoumi
2002, 27 min., Color, US
From the Iran hostage crisis of '79 to the WTC attacks, images of hostile Iranians and Middle Easterners have been well-ingrained in the American psyche, but no informed images come to mind representi...

If You Could Walk In My Shoes
Ricardo E Causo
2016, 27 min., Color, US
Ecuadorian immigrant Roberto Marquez has been living in New York City for more than a decade, yet he has been unable to adjust his immigration status because there has been no path to citizenship for ...

I'm British But…
Gurinder Chadha
1989, 30 min., Color, UK
This unique look at Asians in Britain offers first-hand views of second generation Asians, adding archival footage and invigorating Bhangra and Bangla music--traditional Punjabi songs updated with hip...

Imagining Place
Anita Chang
1999, 35 min., Color
For one year, with a curious eye and a curious mind, the filmmaker asks herself and a cross section of individuals, "What does belonging feel like in America?" Amidst increasing social, technological...

In Search of Africa
Manthia Diawara
1997, 26 min., Color, US
In 1996, the filmmaker and writer Manthia Diawara, now living in New York, returns to Guinea, thirty-two years after he and his family were expelled from the newly liberated country. Despite the years...

Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans in Southern California
Tiffany Walton & Lizz Mullis
Producer: Tiffany Walton, Lizz Mullis & Richard Goldlander
2015, 21 min., Color, US
More than one million Mexicans are of African descent, yet this heritage is often forgotten, denied, and many times stigmatized, both in Mexico and in Chicanx communities in the United States. INVISIB...

Is There Anything Specific You Want Me to Tell You About?
Yau Ching
1991, 12 min., Color
Using a combination of dramatized footage, tourist video, old propaganda films and archival material to explore the nature of exile and the ambivalent longing for "home" which it produces....

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor
Zahida Pirani
2014, 17 min., Color, US
JUDITH: PORTRAIT OF A STREET VENDOR is a documentary short that takes the audience on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York ...

Just Ralph
Clifton Watson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 11 min., Color, US
An alternately serious and humorous "day in the life" of Ralph, a Palestinian-American grocery store owner, whose Brooklyn store is the neighborhood drop in center. As the 2004 election approached, Ra...

La Cocina de las Patronas
Javier García
Producer: Iliana Martinez, Ana Paula Uruñuela & SacBé Producciones
2016, 66 min., Color, Mexico
Day after day, for over 20 years, a group of women in Mexico, prepare and give meals to Central American migrants who travel atop La Bestia, a U.S.-bound freight train. They call themselves Las Patron...

Leaving Bakul Bagan
Sandeep Ray
1994, 45 min., Color
This moving documentary follows the filmmaker's cousin's imminent departure from India to pursue studies in the U.S. Torn between familial and national loyalties and her desire to travel and experienc...

Little Immigrants
Sonia Fritz & Frances Lausell
2008, 42 min., Color, Mexico/US
LITTLE IMMIGRANTS is an insider's look into child smuggling captured from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This documentary is a dramatic firsthand account of a family's journey to reunite after ...

Living in Half Tones
Me-K Ahn
1994, 9 min., Color
A metaphorical reconstruction of the artist's developing identity as an adopted Korean girl in America who returns to Korea for the first time "to search for bits and pieces of my past." A visually po...

Maid to Stay
Aparna Talaulicar
1999, 30 min., Color, US
"Maid to Stay" is the story of four South Asian Women domestic workers in New York. Elizabeth has been sent back to India because her employers discover she's been talking to a women's group about ho...

The Marriage Dinner
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1987, 20 min., Color, US
Elena, a young Salvadoran woman, is forced to marry a man she does not love in order to remain in the United States with other members of her extended family. Jim, her new husband, is a naive, cultur...

Mi Nombre es Carlos
Paul Barrera
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 13 min., Color, US
My Name is Carlos is an intimate portrait of an immigrant from Guatemala, who comes to New York City in search of the American dream. Still a window washer 30 years later, Carlos begins to have "visi...

Mi Otro Yo (My Other Self)
Isaac Artenstein
Producer: Cinewest
1989, 30 min., Color, US
Expanding his exploration of marginalized identity and border culture, videomaker Artenstein's MI OTRO YO looks at the work of Chicano artists living in California. Their cultural ties to Mexico and h...

Mommy, What's Wrong?
Anita Chang
1997, 14 min., Color
Along with optically-printed home movie and hand-processed Super-8 film footage, the filmmaker incorporates an interview with her mother about immigration, motherhood and spirituality, in search of st...

Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile
Maryam Sepehri
Producer: Maryam Sepehri
2017, 61 min., Color, US/Iran
For Iranian scholar Hamid Naficy, exile is like an elevator that runs between “two cultural poles, two memories, two lives.” Naficy belongs to the Iranian generation that lived through the modernizati...

Mr. Ahmed
Terrance Grace
1994, 52 min., Color
Internationally renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah stars in this poignant drama of an Indian ex-patriate living in a small American town. The film paints a portrait of a man struggling to re-invent himse...

The Multiplicity of Us
New York Women in Film and Television
Producer: New York Women in Film and TV
2015, 15 min., Color, US
​On June 2015, 24 women of immigrant and first generation backgrounds of all ages came together for an intense one day video production workshop. ​Together, they produced a series of three short video...

Musica
Gustavo Paredes
1985, 59 min., Color, US
This film is an odyssey through the eyes, words and music of individuals who pioneered Afro-Cuban music in the United States. The video offers a rich overview of a wide number of musical styles from ...

Nailed It: Vietnamese & The Nail Industry
Adele Pham
2018, 59 min., Color, US
Visit any strip mall in the United States, and there’s bound to be a Vietnamese nail salon. While ubiquitous in cities across the country, few Americans know the history behind the salons and the 20 V...

Namibia: Independence Now!
Christine Choy & Pearl Bowser
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1985, 55 min., Color, US/Namibia
This moving film was shot inside refugee settlements in Zambia and Angola. It examines how exiled Namibians worked to free their country from illegal South African exploitation and prepare for their c...

Natives
Jesse Lerner
1999, 24 min., BW, US
At once ironic and disturbing, NATIVES documents the fears and jingoism of residents of San Diego county in their 'patriotic' attempts to exclude illegal Mexican immigrants....

Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
Manthia Diawara
2015, 59 min., Color, USA/France/Germany/Portugal
This imagined dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Negritude, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was reconstructed almost entirely from archival materials. It probes the...

Of Kites and Borders
Yolanda Pividal
2014, 60 min., Color, US/Mexico/Spain
OF KITES AND BORDERS, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the San Diego Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival in New York, tells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US...

On the Bride's Side (Io sto con la sposa)
Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande & Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
2014, 89 min., Color, Italy
In Milan, five refugees of the Syrian Civil War and survivors of one of the 2013 migrant shipwreck in Lampedusa meet an Italian journalist and a Palestinian-Syrian poet who are eager to help the group...

On The Map
Annalee Davis
2007, 30 min., Color, Barbados/Trinidad/Guyana
ON THE MAP debunks the myth of a unified, “laid back” Caribbean culture by exposing how Caribbean people treat themselves as “other.” By questioning the notion of a merged Caribbean, the film asks dif...

An Opera of the World
Manthia Diawara
2018, 70 min., Color
Manthia Diawara’s film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako, in 2007, serves as a mi...

Orientations
Richard Fung
Producer: Gay Asians Toronto
1985, 56 min., Color, Canada
More than a dozen men and women of different Asian backgrounds speak frankly about their lives as members of a minority within a minority. They speak about coming out, homophobia, racism, cultural id...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn (72)
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 72 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a grou...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 52 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a gro...

The Passion of Remembrance
Maureen Blackwood & Isaac Julien
Producer: Sankofa Film and Video Collective
1986, 80 min., Color, UK
This first feature film by one of Britain's most respected workshops, is a multi-layered look at issues of concern to Black youth during the turbulent 80s--the Thatcher era. Combining documentary foot...

Percussion, Impressions and Reality
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 30 min., Color, US
This is the first comprehensive U.S. film to explore the origins and growth of traditional Puerto Rican music. Interviews with musicians living in New York reveal how traditional music is used as a so...

Promise and Unrest
Alan Grossman & Áine O’Brien
Producer: FOMACS in association with Ned Kelly Pictures
2010, 79 min., Color, Ireland
Through struggle and sacrifice migrant women often stand as sole breadwinners in the transnational family. Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work...

The Promised Land
Joan Baker
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 10 min., Color, US
This evocative documentary is a visual mosaic about West Indian migration to the North. The conflicting feelings and memories of one young woman intersect those of elders born in the Caribbean who tal...

Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself.
Yvonne Welbon
1995, 30 min., Color, us/China
An autobiographical experimental documentary about the artist's experiences as an African-American woman living in Taiwan for six years. Recreations of time and place are presented through memories, h...

The Right to Vend
Naomi Abraham, Melissa Cox, Nseabasi Esema, Mtume Gant, Cynthia Wright, Henrietta Yuki
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2016, 10 min., Color
There are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City including hot dog vendors, flower vendors, t-shirt vendors, street artists, food trucks and many others. This short documents the inspiratio...

Rights, Camera, Action!
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Museum of the Moving Image and Third World Newsreel
2018, 21 min., Color, US
These 3 videos resulted from a two day workshop for Immigrant Women Activists in video production this July 2018, led by Emerald Isle Immigration Center with Third World Newsreel and the Museum of the...

Rising Up: the Alams
Konrad Aderer
Producer: Third World Newsreel Call for Change
2005, 11 min., Color, US
As part of the Homeland security measures, immigrant men from 25, mostly Muslim countries were required to enroll in a Special Registrationprogram. The result: no evidence of terror, but some 13,000 ...

Rock Me, Goong Hay
Shelton Ito
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 5 min., Color, US
The Goong Hay Kid is the fictional Chinese rapper created and played by Alvin Eng. ROCK ME, GOONG HAY combines hip-hop styling with a forceful protest against stereotypes....

Sanctuary: An Expression of Conscience
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1989, 23 min., Color, US
This film describes the war in El Salvador and the plight of its people who flee persecution and death only to be denied sanctuary under the U.S. Refugee Act. The refugees' struggle for a safe haven ...

Sewing Woman
Arthur Dong
Producer: DeepFocus Productions
1983, 14 min., BW, Canada
This intimate document of Dong's mother's life is essential viewing for those who want to understand more about Asian women who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Through home movies, family snapshots...

Sky-blue Hometown
Soh-Young Kim
2000, 93 min., Color, Korea
This documentary traces the trajectory of a Korean diasporic community in the former Soviet Union. Placed in internment camps by Stalin during World War II, the plight of a generation of Korean-Russia...

Slowly, This
Arthur Jafa
1995, 26 min., Color, US
When two friends meet in a crowded Manhattan restaurant, the conversation takes an unexpected and intimate turn. Speaking from their experiences as a Japanese American man and an African American man,...

Some Divine Wind
Roddy Bogawa
1991, 72 min., Color, US
SOME DIVINE WIND (a reference to the Japanese term Kamikaze, or “divine wind”) tells the story of Ben, whose father was part of a U.S. bombing mission that destroyed his Japanese mother’s village—and ...

Spirit of the Dragon
Gil Gavreau
2003, 25 min., Color, Canada
In 1923, the Canadian government passed the infamous Exclusion Act, which barred all Chinese immigration to Canada for 24 years and required all Chinese-Canadian citizens to carry an identification ca...

Tapestry: Asian Women in America (a.k.a. Tapestry II)
Organization of Asian Women
Producer: Organization of Asian Women
1991, 55 min., Color, US
Through archival photographs, oral histories and folk songs by Nobuko Miyamoto, this video weaves the history of 200 years of Asian women's experiences. It begins with early Asian immigration to the U...

Taxi-vala/auto-biography
Vivek Renjen Bald
1996, 45 min., Color, US
This documentary focuses on the lives and dreams of South Asian immigrant taxi drivers in New York City. Combining video and taxi-driver interviews and the personal narrative of the second-generation...

Tijuana, Nada Mas
Yolanda Pividal
2010, 27 min., Color, US/Mexico
Jonathan (“Pollo”) and Enrique (“Gordo”) are 14-year old orphans making their own living on the streets of Tijuana, the busiest frontier city in the world. Jonathan assists the “Coyotes” in smuggling ...

To Be Me: Tony Quon
Pat Lau & Don Miller
Producer: Visual Communications
1973, 10 min., Color, US
This award-winning short film follows Tony, an active ten-year-old Chinese immigrant as he describes adjusting to an American school. Tony describes his first impressions of "strange new classrooms", ...

Translating Grace
Anita Lee
1996, 20 min., BW, Canada
An innovative drama that explores the unique relationship between two Korean-Canadian women. Grace, a second generation feminist academic, and Hyang-Sook, a recent immigrant from Korea. Grace is the t...

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
Thomas Allen Harris
Producer: Thomas Allen Harris
2005, 73 min., Color, US
In the wake of his stepfather’s death, Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call "father." As part of the first wave ...

Two Dollar Dance
Yolanda Pividal
2006, 17 min., Color, US
Every weekend, hundreds of Latino immigrants pack the dance clubs of Jackson Heights, in Queens, New York City. There, they meet the "two-dollars ballerinas", women who will be their dance floor partn...

Two Months to Home
Janice Ahn
2006, 8 min., Color, US
In the months prior to 9-11, an Afghan woman named Samira Rahman narrowly escapes from the Taliban, losing her family. After settling down in Long Island and beginning a new family, Samira is taken aw...

Voices in the Street
J.T. Takagi & Herman Lew
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 13 min., Color, US
When the Republicans had their 2004 convention at Madison Square Garden, workers in the area from hotdog vendors to day laborers were directly affected. A short on the lives and thoughts of people wo...

Wataridori: Birds of Passage
Robert Nakamura
Producer: Visual Communications
1974, 37 min., Color, US
Lyricism and visual beauty are evident in this film as four Issei (first generation Japanese Americans) describe a collective history through their personal memories. The filmmaker paints the canvas o...

The Way North: Maghrebi Women in Marseille
Shara K. Lange
2008, 60 min., Color, France
"I thought that in France life would be easier—it’s the land of liberty. But it wasn’t like that at all." --Fatima Rhazi From Marseille come the stories of North African women making new lives for ...

What Are Our Women Like in America?
Balvinder Dhenjan
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1994, 12 min., Color, US
An insightful and hilarious account of one immigrant Indian man's attempt to come to grips with American pop culture and "Westernized" Indian women. A TWN Workshop Production....

What Do You Call An Indian Woman Who's Funny?
Gurinder Chadha
1994, 19 min., BW, UK
What do you call an Indian woman who's funny in 20th Century Britain? A British performer? A Black comedienne? An enigma? This humorous and comedic documentary, brings the laughs and dreams of four In...

Who's Afraid of Ngugi?
Manthia Diawara
2006, 83 min., Color, US/Kenya
Novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. In 1977 his novel Petals of Blood was publish...

The Women Outside: Korean Women and the U.S. Military
J.T. Takagi & Hye Jung Park
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1995, 60 min., Color, US/South Korea
Documenting the lives of women who work in the South Korean military brothels and clubs where over 27,000 women "service" the 37,000 American soldiers stationed in the most militarized region of the w...

Work and Respect
Domestic Workers United
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2010, 10 min., Color, US
Over 200,000 women work in the homes of New Yorkers as housekeepers and nannies. Mostly women of color and often undocumented, their work is not covered by labor laws, and for many, the pay and condit...

Work in Progress
Luis Valdovino
1990, 14 min., Color, US
This thoughtfully crafted experimental documentary explores the effects of the 1986 Immigration Reform upon illegal immigrants that could not file for amnesty. The video uses a biting humor in a prov...


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