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Hang Sou and his family, preliterate tribal farmers, await resettlement in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing their war-consumed native Laos. Becoming American records their odyssey as they travel to and resettle in the United States. As they face nine months of intense culture shock, prejudice, and gradual adaptation to their new home in Seattle, the family provides a rare insight into refugee resettlement and cultural diversity issues.
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"This extraordinary documentary...helps build understanding and empathy for new Americans. It is highly recommended for its beauty, poignancy, and its ability to relate the hardships of one of America's new immigrant groups as it adapts to a new culture."
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"Becoming American is a galvanizing force for refugee support efforts. It may prove the most potent single media instrument in teaching the refugees' suspicious American hosts who these frightened newcomers are. It may also build the beginnings of understanding and empathy."
"The eloquent script gracefully weaves elements of the Hmong cultural heritage...original cinematography is telling in itself, as the camera sees through the eyes of the naive new comers. This astute, caring production...personalizes the drama of human survival for public library audiences, civil and religious groups and school classes."
"Holy Land" is an unprecedented, multi-character documentary about a tumultuous year in the West Bank. The film zeroes in on the explosive issue of the Israeli settlements: its protagonists are both Israeli settlers and the Israelis and Palestinians who oppose them. It's a cross section of the West Bank never seen in one film: right and left, secular and religious, from Hasidim to Hamas.
TRIPTYCH: 3 Women Making Art
Art is one of the oldest activities on Earth, even predating science or math. But too often we forget it is a basic part of a balanced, healthy life. And women and art rarely get serious attention in our culture. Older women in art are virtually ignored. TRIPTYCH showcases 3 women who are vital and productive well into their seventies.
Making Noise in Silence
Making Noise in Silence follows two Korean-born students who attend the California School for the Deaf and explores how they navigate adolescence within the intersection of Deaf and Korean culture.
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