Released in 2003 by Chicago-based production company, Kartemquin, whose reputation for pursuing social justice through creative documentary is unparalleled, The New Americans portrays migrant subjects struggling to claim their place in the ‘American Dream’. Through global stories of love, loss, gain, separation, transformation, culture clash, optimism and new beginnings.
Kartemquin also pioneered social engagement strategies in an expansive audience engagement campaign negotiating with advocacy organisations and broadcasters, specifically ITVS’ Global Voices Series and Community Connections Programme.
Production on The New Americans coincided with the first round of Immigration Reform Campaign in the US in 2001 – a campaign persuasively framed by Camerini and Robertson’s 12-part documentary How Democracy Works Now (2014).
Little over a decade later, The New Americans already shows signs of aging in contrast with the more recent Documented (2013) – an unapologetic, autobiographical film with Jose Antonio Vargas featuring as both director and central protagonist.
‘Televisualising Transnational Migration; The New Americans’ (2007) interviews the transnational production crews of The New Americans 7-hour mini series – going behind the often hidden scenes of research, production and distribution.
Photo: Kartemquin Educational Films