The New Americans Video Project records

Descriptive Summary

The New Americans Video Project records
Kartemquin Films
130.0 Linear feet
Kartemquin Films

Acknowledgements and Access

This collection was part of the BMRC Survey Initiative, 2009-2011. For current information about the collection and its status, please contact Kartemquin Films at

Historical note

The New Americans is a 411-minute 2004 documentary television series produced by Kartemquin Films. It 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 marries into a new life in Chicago only to discover in the wake of September 11 that she cannot leave behind the pain of her homeland's conflict.

Scope and Contents note

The New Americans Video Project Records include videotape masters, videotape submasters, video elements, research files, correspondence, financial records, production notes, promotional materials, and other records related to educational outreach.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 March 24 by Andrew Steadham.

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