What’s your favorite film about immigration?

January 17, 2019 | Jacqueline Medina

No subject dominates our headlines as much nowadays, and as an immigrant nation, not surprisingly immigration has frequently been featured as a major plot element in films. What’s your favorite film about immigration? We’ll limit this one to immigration to the United States.

The musical Dancer in the Dark earned the controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and features a heartbreaking performance by Icelandic singer Björk. And if this question wasn’t limited to the United States, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men feels more eerily prescient by the day.

Here is what our host, Richard Peña, has to say, “As I said, there’s a wealth of movies to choose from, but I’ll recommend two that you certainly should know if you don’t: The Godfather, Part Two, with its unforgettable scenes of Ellis Island, and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise.”

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