Let's Watch and Listen - Adults
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inside the hard-fought battles and secret negotiations over immigration reform on Capitol Hill.
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.
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 homeeven as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential. Read by Bernadette Dunne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.