This short film, at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, provides a nice complement to the park's other features. While attractions elsewhere in the park pay tribute to California's various industries, "Golden Dreams" spotlights its unique strengths due to the diversity of its people. It offers a surprisingly un-whitewashed history of the immigrants from around the world--Europe, Asia, and Latin America--who contributed toward making California what it is today. Holland does a great job synthesizing the disparate material in this short form. In one sequence, she recreates Dorothea Lange's photographs of the dust bowl farmers, freezing on the face of a despairing mother. The shot smoothly transitions to the inside of a movie theater, where the same woman is enjoying an early Hollywood film--the product of many Eastern European and Jewish immigrants. The film ends with a montage of important Californians that manages to include heroes from both sides of the political spectrum.
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