June 24, 2016 9:11 am
You saw that date right: We are streaming TWO free weeks of one of Kartemquin's proudest achievements, the 7-part series, The New Americans. Since we know you will be busy celebrating #KTQ50 with us this evening, and the 4th of July holiday is upon us in which we would like to honor the immigration experience, we thought you might need some extra viewing time.
"The New Americans is a cinematic masterpiece...It is a sensitive, compelling, irresistible collection of stories."
— Andrew Greeley, Chicago Sun Times
The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his family in rural Kansas. Two families of Nigerian refugees (including the sister of slain Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa) escape government persecution. Two Los Angeles Dodgers prospects follow their big dreams of escaping the barrios of the Dominican Republic. A Palestinian woman who marries into a new life in Chicago only to discover in the wake of September 11, she cannot leave behind the pain of her homeland's conflict.
Kartemquin assembled a team of talented directors including the creators of Hoop Dreams, Who Killed Vincent Chin, and Vietnam, Long Time Coming. The detailed portraits that resulted were woven into a seven-hour miniseries that presents a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life and a first impression of the U.S. that few born in America can imagine.
The series was acknowledged with a slew of awards and at special screenings including the Gold Hugo, Best Television Production (2004) at the 40th Chicago International Television Competition; International Documentary Association awarded it the Best Limited Series Award (2004); it was a featured PBS Independent Lens Series (2004); and Official Selection of the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival in Ireland (2004).
Extras included in this package:
COMPANION GUIDE: The National Issues Forum book available in the extras is the companion guide to viewing and exploring the issues discussed in The New Americans.
Available for Purchase on DVD:
The New Americans is available on DVD here.