A three part story of the North African immigration to France.
Between the years 1941-51, many immigrants went to the south of Iran to work for the oil companies there. A couple, Tal'at and Karamat also go there in hope of a better life. But Tal'at, who is pregnant, catches leperosy and they have to remain outside the city. The husband makes a tea-house and they stay there. An immigrant girl Manzar who had lost her parents, come to the tea-house and lives by them too.
A young Italian immigrant who loses everything in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake starts over again and builds up a shipping empire, but doesn't find the happiness he thought would come with wealth until he takes up with a young Chinese girl.
Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official.
In this powerful film, Fergal Keane, who has reported for BBC News from all over the world, finds out what life is really like for a group of illegal immigrants struggling to survive on British streets. He asks what drew them here, follows their battles to beat the system and shows how ineffective the authorities can be in dealing with them.
Weaving with Spanish Threads is an hour-long (62 min.) documentary about the Spanish immigrants who arrived in Hawaii under 3-5 year contracts in the early 1900s. They came to work in the sugar cane and pineapple plantations, and after their term was up, many settled permanently in California rather than staying in Hawaii or returning to Spain. Our story is told by one of the original immigrants, 98 years old when we filmed him and full of stories. His narrative is supplemented by interviews with descendants of these immigrants. The documentary is hosted by Jaime Cader, member of one of California's Spanish clubs who has spent many years helping immigrants and farm laborers. The documentary's director is Eve A. Ma, an award-winning filmmaker.
Two peasants are ill-prepared for life in the big city after moving from their tiny village to Bombay.