The new Americans

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  • Follows four years of the lives of a group of contemporary immigrants as they journey to start new lives in America, including a couple from India in Silicon Valley, a Mexican meatpacker in rural Kansas, two families of Nigerian refugees, two baseball players from the Dominican Republic joining the L.A. Dodgers, and a newly-wed Palestinian woman in Chicago. The detailed portraits of these immigrants not only result in a kaleidoscope of immigrant life but offer 'first impressions' of America.


  • Originally produced in 2003.
  • DVD, widescreen.
  • English or Spanish language audio tracks, with subtitles as needed ; closed-captioned.


  • The Ogoni refugees / produced by Gita Saedi ; directed by Steve James -- The Palestinian bride / produced and directed by Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn, Fenell Doremus -- The Dominican baseball players / produced and directed by Susana Aiken, Carlos Aparicio -- The Mexican laborer / produced by Renee Tajima-Pena, Evangeline Griego ; directed by Renee Tajima-Pena -- The Indian technical worker / produced and directed by Indu Krishnan
  • Disc 1: Episode 1 (ca. 114 min.) -- Episode 2 (ca. 114 min.) ; Disc 2: Episode 3 (ca. 172 min.) -- Bonus features: Additional scenes from all four stories -- Where are they now? slideshow
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