Documentary The Best Documentaries About Immigration  

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List Rules Documentaries about immigration and immigrants.

This list of the best documentary about immigration has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about Immigration? Vote up the docs you thought were the best when it comes to the subject of immigration.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about immigration comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles below so that others may vote on it as well.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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hola12345 added The Other Side of Immigration The Other Side of Immigration is a 2010 documentary film directed by Roy Germano that explores why so many people leave the Mexican countryside to work in the United States and what happens to ...more

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Which Way Home Which Way Home is a 2009 film directed by Rebecca Cammisa. "As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration ...more

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The New Americans The New Americans is a seven-hour American documentary, produced by Kartemquin Films, that was originally broadcast on American television over three nights on the Public Broadcasting Service in ...more

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90 Miles 90 Miles is a 2001 documentary film written and directed by Juan Carlos Zaldívar. The film is a recounting of the events that lead Zaldívar to become a Marielito and leave Cuba for ...more

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De Nadie De Nadie is a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Tin Dirdamal on the impoverished Central Americans who leave their countries in hope of a better life in the United States. It premiered in 2005 ...more

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Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey is a 1981 American documentary film about the Mariel boatlift, which was first broadcast on PBS the week of June 1, 1981. Written by John Brousek, the film ...more

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And the Pursuit of Happiness And the Pursuit of Happiness is a 1986 documentary film directed by Louis Malle about the experiences of immigrants in the United States during the 1980s. It was screened in the Un Certain ...more

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Mojados: Through the Night Mojados: Through the Night is a 2004 documentary film directed by Tommy Davis. The film documents the journey of four men as they trek 120 miles across the Texas desert.

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The State of Arizona The State of Arizona is a documentary film directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini.

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Made in L.A. Made in L.A. is a 2007 documentary film that tells the story of three Latina immigrants as they wage a battle against their employer, a Los Angeles garment factory. After years of domestic abuse ...more

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Culture Clash in AmeriCCa Culture Clash in AmeriCCa is a 2005 documentary film directed by Emilio Estevez. It is an anthology of fun and thought-provoking skits and monologues portraying diverse American immigrants. ...more

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The Undocumented The Undocumented is a 90-minute documentary film from director Marco Williams, which investigates the causes and effects of migrant deaths along the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Third World California Third World California is a 2006 documentary film by Otavio Juliano. It depicts the substandard living conditions of undocumented immigrants living within an Indian reservation in the Lower ...more

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Fuocoammare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery is a 1998 American television series.

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Rain in a Dry Land Rain in a Dry Land is a 2006 documentary film directed by Anne Makepeace and filmed by Joan Churchill & Barney Broomfield that chronicles the experiences of two Bantu as they are transported ...more

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Monkey Dance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
Monkey Dance Monkey Dance is a 2004 documentary film by Julie Mallozzi, a filmmaker based in Boston. The film follows three Cambodian-American teens growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts as they face the ...more

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Refugee Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher Refugee is a 2000 Indian film written and directed by J. P. Dutta. The film marked the debuts of Abhishek Bachchan, son of popular actor Amitabh Bachchan, and Kareena Kapoor, the younger sister ...more

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Immigrant Nation! The Battle for the Dream Immigrant Nation! The Battle for the Dream is a 2010 feature documentary movie by Esaú Meléndez about the immigrant rights movement from 2006 to 2009 and Elvira Arellano's ...more

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Family Gathering Keith Hamilton Cobb Family Gathering is a 1988 American short documentary film by Lise Yasui, exploring three generations of her Japanese-American family, from their immigration to Oregon in the early 20th century ...more

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They Came for Good Paul Sparer, Avi Hoffman, Gordon Grinberg They Came for Good: A History of the Jew in the US is a 1997 documentary by Oscar nominated director Amram Nowak that explores the challenges and contributions of Jews during America's founding ...more

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Swedes in America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
Swedes in America Ingrid Bergman Swedes in America is a 1943 American short documentary film directed by Irving Lerner and produced by the Overseas Motion Picture Bureau of the United States Office of War Information. It was ...more

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Do You Speak American? Robert MacNeil Do You Speak American? is a documentary film and accompanying book about journalist Robert MacNeil's investigation into how different people throughout the United States of America speak. The ...more

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Documented Documented is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Daughter from Danang Daughter from Đà Nẵng is a 2002 documentary film about an Amerasian, Heidi Bub, born on December 10, 1968, in Danang in southern Vietnam, one of the children brought to the United States ...more

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Chinatown: Immigrants In America Each year some 20,000 Chinese immigrants arrive in New York from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Though few speak English, all know one word--"Chinatown"--the most crowded neighborhood in New ...more

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New Year Baby New Year Baby is a 2006 documentary film that tells the story of a family that survived the Cambodian genocide, and started a new life in the United States. The film was directed by Socheata ...more

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Italianamerican Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese Italianamerican is a 1974 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Scorsese's parents, Catherine and Charles. The Scorseses talk about their experiences as Italian immigrants in New ...more

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Well-Founded Fear Well-Founded Fear is a 2000 documentary film from directors Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini. The film takes its title from the formal definition of a refugee under the UN Convention ...more

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Saigon, U.S.A. Saigon, U.S.A. is a 2004 documentary film about Vietnamese Americans that live in the United States. It was produced and directed by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn.

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Al otro lado Martha Higareda, Carmen Maura, Vanessa Bauche Al Otro Lado is a 2004 Mexican film directed by Gustavo Loza. The film follows the story of three children, one from Mexico, Cuba, and Morocco, as they attempt to deal with realities of ...more

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Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration is a 2006 documentary film, written, produced and directed by Kevin Knoblock. The film tells the stories of five people whose lives have been ...more

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9500 Liberty 9500 Liberty is a 2009 documentary film about the struggle over immigration in Prince William County, Virginia. It was directed by Annabel Park and Eric Byler. The film chronicles an eight-week ...more

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Maja Nadel added El Norte Lupe Ontiveros, Tony Plana, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez El Norte is a 1983 American and British film, directed by Gregory Nava. The screenplay was written by Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, based on Nava's story. The movie was first presented at the ...more

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United Gates of America United Gates of America is a 2006 BBC television documentary directed by Alex Cooke, featuring journalist Charlie LeDuff. He lived for a month within the gated community of Canyon Lake in ...more