Immigration to the U.S. from Latin America


Documentary films

Adio kerida / Goodby dear love . Ruth Behar. Women Make Movies, 2002. VHS. Search for identity among Sephardic Jews with roots in Cuba.

Asalto al sueño.  ISKA, 2006.  DVD.  Thousands of people leave their impoverished Central American countries to get into the USA. By crossing the Northern border of Guatemala into Mexico they're embarking on one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world.

Balseros. Carlos Bosch, Josep M. Doménech. Televisió de Catalunya, TeleMadrid, 2002. DVD, VHS. Follows Cuban rafters before and after arriving in the U.S.

Beyond the border / Más allá de la frontera . Ari López Palos. Dos Vatos Production, Kentucky Network, 2001. VHS. Documents immigrant experience between the U.S. and Michoacán, Mexico.

Border crossings / Cruzando fronteras . Jeff Imig. La Coalitión de Derechos Humanos, 2001. VHS. Impact of Border Patrol on civil rights in southern Arizona.

The border wall. 2008?  DVD. The Border Wall is a new documentary from filmmaker Wayne Ewing about the attempt by the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Michael Chertoff to erect 670 miles of walls along the 2000 mile southern border of the United States.

Border war: the battle over illegal immigration . Kevin Knoblock. Genius Entertainment, 2006. DVD.

Braceros: de retaguardia productiva a olvidados . Sergio Chávez, Ariel Mojica M., Areli Veloz Contreras. 2005. VHS. A documentary look back at the Bracero Program.

Children in no man's land.  Impacto Films, 2008.  DVD.  Uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States every year.

El chogüi: a Mexican immigrant story . Félix Zurita. Filmakers Library, 2001. VHS. Documents six years in the life of a young Oaxacan man who enters the United States illegally to work in California.

La ciudad / The city . David Riker. North Star Films, New Yorker Video, 1998, 2000. VHS. Four stories about recent Latin American immigrants to New York City.

Cochise County, USA: cries from the border . Mercedes Maharis. Genius Products, 2005. DVD. Impact of illegal immigration on county in Arizona.

Death on a friendly border . Rachel Antell. Filmakers Library, 2001. VHS. Operation Gatekeeper on the border between Tijuana and San Diego.

De l'autre côté . Chantal Akerman. AMIP, Arte France, Paradise Films, Chemas I.S., Carré Noir-RTBF Liège, First Run/Icarus Films, 2002. VHS. Examines the problems confronted by poor Mexicans who try to emigrate to the United States illegally in hope of a better life. English title: From the other side.

De nadie / Border crossing . Tin Dirdamal. Laguna Films, 2005, 2007. DVD. Follows a Central American immigrant to the United States.

Displaced in the new South. Berkeley Media, 1995. DVD. Asian and Latino immigrants in Georgia.

Escuela.   Women Make Movies, 2002.  DVD.  Documents the experiences of children of migrant farm workers trying to complete their education.

Escuela . Hannah Weyer. Women Make Movies, 2002. VHS. Education of children of Latino migrant workers in California, Mexico, and Texas.

Harvest of shame . CBS News, 1960, 198-. VHS. Views of exploitation of migrant workers.

El inmigrante.  John Sheedy, David Eckenrode, John Eckenrode.  Las Américas Film Network, 2007.  DVD.  Examines the Mexican and American border crisis through the story of Eusebio de Haro, a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during one of his journeys north.

In the land of plenty . Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio. Starfish Productions, Fonovisa, Filmakers Library, 1999. VHS. Follows Mexican migrant agricultural laborers in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California.

In the shadow of the law . Paul Espinosa, Leo Chavez, Frank Christopher. KPBS , University of California, Extension Center For Media and Independent Learning, 1991. VHS. Issues faced by illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States.

Invisible chapel . Gatekeeper Productions, 2007. John Carlos Frey. Gatekeeper Productions, 2007. DVD. Documents the history and destruction of a hidden chapel for migrant workers in northern San Diego County.

The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon . John Carlos Frey. Gatekeeper Productions, 2006. DVD. Exposes the living conditions of thousands of Mexican day laborers living near San Diego, California.

Letters from the other side . Heather Courtney. Front Porch Films, 2006. DVD. Videos of women in Mexico separated from family members working in the United States.

Life on the line.  Filmakers Library, 2007.  DVD.  Documentary on Central American migrants traveling through Mexico on their way to the United States.

Lives for sale.  Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2007.  DVD.  Examines the hidden dimension of illegal immigration.

Maid in America.  Women Make Movies, 2004.  DVD.  Examines the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles.

The Mexican tapes: a chronicle of life outside the law . Louis Hock. 1984. VHS. The lives of illegal Mexican immigrants in a border community near San Diego, California.

Mojados: through the night.  Vanguard Cinema, 2005.  DVD.  Follows four men into the world of illegal border-crossing from Mexico to the United States.

Morristown: in the air and sun = en el aire y el sol.  Appalshop, 2007.  DVD.  Chronicles nearly a decade of change in Morristown, Tennessee, reflecting increased Latino immigration to the area.

Natives: immigrant bashing on the border . Jesse Lerner, Scott Sterling, University of Southern California, Filmaker’s Library, 1991. VHS. Documentary on the xenophobia of some Americans living in California along the U.S.-Mexican border.

New world border . Casey Peek. Peek Media, 2001. VHS. Documents rise in immigrant abuse with Operation Gatekeeper.

No sweat: a documentary.  KQED Public Television, DSG Productions/Bal-Maiden Films, 2005.  DVD.  A look at the garment industry in Los Angeles.

Nuestra comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina . New South Productions, 2001. DVD. Examines the Latino population explosion in North Carolina.

Oaxacalifornia . UC Extension Center for Media, Faction Films, 1994. VHS. Lives of immigrants to California with roots in Oaxaca, Mexico who have ties to both countries.

Oaxacan hoops . Olga R. Rodríguez. 2003. VHS. Shot in Los Angeles and Oaxaca, explores the cultural tradition of basketball among Zapotec Indians.

The other side / El otro lado . Christopher Walker. BBC, Bullfrog Films, 2001. VHS. Examines the impact of Mexican migration to the U.S. on villages of origin.

The other side of the border . PBS, 1988. VHS. Illegal immigration to the U.S. from Mexico.

Rancho California (por favor) . University of California Extension, Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2002. VHS. Study of migrant farmworkers in northern San Diego county.

Refugees in our backyard.  First Run/Icarus Films, 1990, 200-.  DVD.  Documentary looking at the Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans who have fled their homelands looking for a better life in the United States

Refugees in our backyard . Georges Nahitchevansky, Helena Pollack Sultan. First Run/Icarus Films, 1989, 1990. VHS. Reviews the obstacles faced by Central Americans seeking entry into the United States.

El regreso de un borreguero / A sheepherder's homecoming . University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1996. VHS. Mexican sheepherder returns home after experiences in the United States.

Rights on the line: vigilantes on the border . Tamaryn Nelson, Ray Ybarra. American Friends Service Committee, ACLU, Witness, 2005. DVD. Explores the continuum between official border militarization and vigilante action on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Roots in the sand . Jayasri Majumdar Hart. National Asian American Telecommunications Association, 1998. VHS. Sikh, Moslem, and Hindu immigrants in Mexico and California.

Seasonal farm laborers program: sad recollections . Jorge Luis Vázquez Medrano. Motor Films, LAVA, 2002. VHS. An overview of the Bracero Program, which permitted the legal entry into the U.S. of almost five million Mexican workers between 1942 and 1964. Spanish title: Programa bracero: triste recuerdo .

Seminario Permanente sobre Migración Internacional . Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2004. DVD.

Seminario Permanente sobre Migración Internacional: ciclo 2005 . Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2005. DVD.

The sixth section . Alex Rivera. Subcine, 2003. VHS. Mexican immigrant workers in New York and their relationship with their home community in Mexico.

The ties that bind: immigration stories . José Roberto Gutiérrez. Maryknoll World Productions, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1996, 1998. VHS. Looks at the human drama behind the debate over U.S. immigration policy.

Los trabajadores.  New Day Films, 2001.  DVD.  Tells the story of immigrant day laborers in Austin, Texas.

The trail north . Roberto Alvarez. 1983. VHS. Mexican migration trails and family histories of Mexicans who have come to the U.S.

Uneasy neighbors . Paul Espinosa. KPBS, 1991. VHS. Investigates the growing tensions between the residents of migrant worker camps and their affluent neighbors in northern San Diego county.

Voices from the fields / Voces del campo . Ulla Nilsen, Selene Jaramillo. Cinema Guild, 1995. VHS. Follows farmworkers from California's Salinas Valley back to their roots in the fields of rural Mexico, where they recount their everyday struggle to cope in the midst of the globalization of agriculture and the impact of NAFTA.

Welcome to Watsonville . Carlos Anzaldua. 1985. Library use only. Focuses on a community of documented migrant field workers who each year travel from their homes in Gómez Farías, Michoacán in Mexico to the community of Watsonville in northern California to seek employment in the summer harvest of vegetables.

Wetback: the undocumented documentary . Arturo Pérez Torres. Home Video, 2005, 2007. DVD. Filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres follows two friends traveling from Central America (Nicaragua) to North America.

Which way home. [New York, NY] : Mr. Mudd/Documentress Films, 2009. DVD. "Which Way Home” shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S.