Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The House I Live In: DR

This movie was such a big hit with Ms. Diaz's 6th graders last year (most of whom were recent Dominican immigrants) I used it in conjunction with their journey down Upper Broadway with the transportation theme. "In vivid verité detail, MY AMERICAN GIRLS: A DOMINICAN STORY captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews' film captures the rewards — and costs — of pursuing the American dream. From hard-working parents, who imagine retiring to their rural homeland, to fast-tracking American-born daughters, caught between their parent's values and their own, the film encompasses the contradictions of contemporary immigrant life. A Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Co-presentation."

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