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


Exodus


Our Vines Have Tender Grapes


An American Tail


Gangs of New York


America America


Moscow on the Hudson


Minari


Far and Away


Once Upon a Time in America


Sallah Shabati


Brooklyn


A Most Violent Year


Avalon


Bend It Like Beckham


Hester Street


Frozen River


The Visitor


The Joy Luck Club


My Big Fat Greek Wedding


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