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Widespread famine that plagued Ireland in the mid-19th century drove tens of thousands from their homeland to the promise of the New World. Trace the history of Irish emigration to America in this documentary that uses the letters and journals of eight immigrants, read by Gabriel Byrne, Brenda Fricker, Liam Neeson, and Aidan Quinn, ... more
Within two months of their arrival in America in 1832, 57 Irish immigrants hired to lay railroad track in eastern Pennsylvania were all dead. The recent discovery of secret files and the men's final resting place prompted the forensic investigation followed in this documentary. Learn if the workers were, as claimed, victims of a cholera ... more
Telly Savalas hosts this documentary celebrating the history of America's venerated immigration port, Ellis Island. Whether escaping from religious persecution, seeking adventure, or simply nurturing dreams of a better, freer life, people from around the world risked their lives and the possibility of being turned away by making the ... more
For millions of immigrants in the 1800s and early 1900s, it was their first destination in America, and around the world Ellis Island, situated in New York harbor, came to symbolize the promise of the New World. Hear the emotional true stories of some of the nearly 20 million men, women and children who passed through its gates in this ... more
From Columbus to Madonna, Italian-Americans have had a significant impact on American society. The uniquely American experiences of art, politics, religion, and food, have all been influenced by the contributions of Italians throughout history, and this captivating film celebrates those tremendous accomplishments. 105 min.
Bill Moyers examines the experiences of Chinese-Americans in this three-part documentary series. In "Gold Mountain Dreams," "Between Two Worlds," and "No Turning Back," Moyers revisits the history of Chinese immigration from the California Gold Rush of the 1800s through the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the revisions ... more
The New Americans(2004)
This series of documentary programs from the "Independent Lens" series focuses on modern-day immigrants from around the world, each hoping to obtain a better life in the United States. From the Indian couple arriving in Silicon Valley just in time for the "dot-com bust" to the Mexican meatpacker bringing his family together in Kansas, ... more
Even before Emma Lazarus' invitation to the tired, poor, and huddled masses "yearning to breathe free" to come to the United States, America's immigration story was already underway. This four-part documentary program shows that the desire of people around the world to seek religious, political and artistic freedoms remains as strong ... more
Between the years 1890 and 1921, a large influx of Hungarian immigrants came to the United States seeking a better life. Filmmaker Peter Forgacs uses photographs, home-movie footage, and interviews to document the enormous struggles these brave men and women faced to not only escape their homeland, but to also integrate and ... more
Inspired by her Dutch-born husband's swearing in as a United States citizen, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi journeyed across the country to take in 49 other naturalization ceremonies, and to interview those newly minted citizens as to why they chose their new home. Chats with celebrated immigrant Americans like Henry Kissinger, Madeline ... more
The Harvest (La Cosecha)(2011)
Would you be surprised to learn that some of the food you've eaten had been picked by a child worker who may have toiled in fields for over 14 hours a day? This eye-opening documentary focuses on the plight of young migrant workers in states such as Florida, Michigan, and Texas--laborers who try to help support their families by sacrificing ... more