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    Behold the Dreamers: A Novel

    Behold the Dreamers: A Novel - Imbolo Mbue

    An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession. Read by Prentice Onayemi.
    Brooklyn: A Novel

    Brooklyn: A Novel - Colm Tóibín

    Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future.
    El Norte

    El Norte - Gregory Nava

    Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
    Exile Nation: The Plastic People

    Exile Nation: The Plastic People - Charles Shaw

    The shocking reality of Tijuana's 'Zona Norte,' created by failed U.S. immigration policy. Follows U.S. deportees in Tijuana as they struggle to survive a cartel war zone, living in cardboard shacks and sewer pipes, creating an ever-expanding underworld of exiles.
    Immigration Battle

    Immigration Battle - PBS

    Inside the hard-fought battles and secret negotiations over immigration reform on Capitol Hill.
    Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

    Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America - Helen Thorpe

    Helen Thorpe tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documents. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. Their friendships start to divide along lines of immigration status. Read by Paula Christensen.
    Pioneer Girl

    Pioneer Girl - Bich Minh Nguyen

    A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential. Read by Bernadette Dunne.
    The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel

    The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel - Cristina Henríquez

    After their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras move from Mexico to Delaware, where they confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery, and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy. Read by Christine Avila, Ozzie Rodriguez, Yareli Arizmendi, Gustavo Res, Gabriel Romero, and Jesse Corti.
    The Immigrant

    The Immigrant - James Gray

    Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.
    The Iranian Americans

    The Iranian Americans - Andrew Goldberg

    Narrated by Martha Teichner, The Iranian Americans chronicles the underreported history of a diverse group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity, and ultimately creating new lives in the United States.
    The Other Side of Immigration

    The Other Side of Immigration - Roy Germano

    This documentary is based on over 700 interviews with men and women in the Mexican countryside. The film explores why so many people leave small Mexican towns to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. The audience is encouraged to think about new and creative ways that the U.S. and Mexican governments can work together to solve the problem of undocumented immigration.
    The Visitor

    The Visitor - Tom McCarthy

    An economics professor in Connecticut finds his life changed forever after a trip to his apartment in New York City, where he finds an illegal immigrant couple living in it.
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