|Cast||Franklin Chang-Diaz Louis Malle Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero Derek Walcott|
|Awards||1987 Cannes Film Festival|
|Plot||After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film includes interviews with migrant workers and illegal entrants along the Mexican border, conversations with an enterprising Indian motel owner, coverage of industrious African and Asian families in the cities, an extensive interview with the first Costa Rican astronaut, visits with Cuban exiles in Miami, several conversations with West Indian poet Derek Walcott, an extended portrait of the deposed Nicaraguan General Samoza (the surviving brother of Anastasio Somoza Debayle) and his extended family. The film finishes with a brief visit to the Russian Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY to tie in with the centenary of the Statue of Liberty.... see And the Pursuit of Happiness on IMDb|
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|Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD:it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ),SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu,SYNOPSIS: For a period of about three months, celebrated French director Louis Malle grabbed his camera and took a tour of immigrant communities and individual refugees across the United States. The results are fun to watch as they are peppered liberally with good humor. When Cambodian refugees come into America with bags of rice, the narration notes that "for the Cambodians, rice is survival, for the immigration officers, it is microbes." Several success stories are seen and in some ways the documentary is weighted in that direction. A West Ghanan makes good with a taxi company he started, a Korean applies to several top ten universities, and in a political flub of the worst kind, the mansion of exiled General Somoza from Nicaragua is shown with the comment that the infamous General is "becoming a regular suburbanite.|
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