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.

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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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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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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery is a 1998 American television series.
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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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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
Midnight Traveler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili
Midnight Traveler is a 2019 international documentary film directed by Hassan Fazili. The Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head forcing him to flee the county with his ...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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Documented is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas.
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Two Americans
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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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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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Maja Nadel added 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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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.