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The Community Education Center Endorses "La Americana-A Documentary"

"La Americana" is a powerful new documentary film recommended by the American Immigration Council. 

"La Americana puts a human face on today's debate over immigration.  It is a wonderful tool for educators, advocates, and policy experts who wish to create a humane discussion about this heated issue"
- Claire Tesh, American Immigration Council's Community Education Center

Synopsis:  When nine-year-old Carla suffers a life-threatening accident, her mother, Carmen, must leave her behind and make the dangerous and illegal journey from Bolivia to the U.S., where she hopes to earn enough to save her daughter’s life. Working in New York to support Carla’s medical needs, Carmen struggles in vain to legalize her immigration status, and wrestles with the prospect of never seeing her daughter again. Then, after six years of separation, Congress proposes “amnesty” legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited at last.  An intimate and heartbreaking story, La Americana shows how immigration policy affects families on both sides of the border, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue.  La Americana is now being used as the centerpiece for a nationwide campaign to engage and inspire audiences to dialogue about immigrants’ rights and immigration reform. * Winner of awards at the New York Latino Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas Film Festival and Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

  • "Devastating. Shows firsthand how the political affects the personal." - Sun Sentinel 
  • “Expertly weaves the contemporary immigration debate into the tale of this unforgettable woman." - Filmmaker Magazine

Director Nicholas Bruckman may be available to present the film at your university or institution, for details contact

Year Released: 2009

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