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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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 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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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.
Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban... is listed (or ranked) 5 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
Swedes in America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Immigration
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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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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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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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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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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The State of Arizona
The State of Arizona is a documentary film directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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
Monkey Dance is listed (or ranked) 25 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