Sunday, September 26, 2021

America Is a Story of Immigrants

As we grapple and grieve over the migrant crisis across our Southern border it is important to remember we are a nation of immigrants. From among the “tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be free” have sprouted scientists and industrialists, politicians and, yes,  gangsters, as well as artists and teachers, and everyday workers, the men and women who toil to feed us, clothe us, build and clean our homes, drive us to work and play, care for our sick, infirm and elderly.

Here are my favorite movies dealing with immigrants as they struggle to gain acceptance and perspective on a new culture in their adopted land while forging a new life for their families that retains the traditions of their original homelands.

I Remember Mama

The Godfather 

Black Fury

In America


Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

An American Tail

Gangs of New York

America America

Moscow on the Hudson


Far and Away

Once Upon a Time in America

Sallah Shabati


A Most Violent Year


Bend It Like Beckham

Hester Street

Frozen River

The Visitor

The Joy Luck Club

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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