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The New Americans (29 Mar. 2004)

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The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. The detailed portraits--woven ... See full summary »

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The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. The detailed portraits--woven together in the seven-hour miniseries-- present a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life and a personal view of the new America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his family in rural Kansas. Two families of Nigerian refugees (including the sister of slain Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa) escape government persecution. Two Los Angeles Dodgers prospects follow their big dreams of escaping the barrios of the Dominican Republic. A Palestinian woman who marries into a new life in Chicago only to discover in the wake of September 11, she cannot leave behind the pain of her homeland's conflict. Written by Kartemquin Films

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Even Americans Blow it!
22 March 2012 | by (Bundelkhand Region) – See all my reviews

Give ME a gun and I'll shoot the bloody lot of them" as Rowan Atkinson once said. Sorry folks but this show is utter crap. It has more twists than Enron & the new Americans are even more in-bred than the Plymouth Brethren. I was 14 in late '04 when it first aired & will confess to being ever-so-slightly 'hormonal' over Paula Abdul - but that soon passed, and what was left? Just a bunch of greedy, selfish, immoral, lowlife, scum-sucking, environment-destroying, self-serving dorky-ass Americans.

Why watch Dynasty to see what they're up to? The evening news is more realistic. In MY opinion Jock's dream should have regressed to Act 1 Scene 1 Episode 1 - of SERIES 1. I recently saw a late 1970s Mercedes 450SEL just like JR Ewing's. The wheels had come off & it was upside down in a junk yard. A more fitting tribute to "The New Americans" I cannot conceive of. The acting is great and the climax totally coersed me into a lengthy slumber. All in all if you are a fan of recent slew of Anti-American soap-sudsers give this one a look. 8 out of 10.

My Pre-Season 5 grade: D+ My Post-season 5 grade: D- 1st & 2nd Seasons DVD Extras: Commentaries by Creator Fiddel Jacobs, Actor Ishmale Freedman, and Actress Dalene Tilt on Jock's Daughter, and Reunion Parts 1 & 2; and Soaptalk's 2005 New Americans reunion Season 3 DVD Extras: Screen-specific Commentaries by Patrick Stewart and Dr.Phil on "Babboon Liver sandwiches" and "An eggplant Afternoon"; and a 20 minute featurette on the "Thornbirds" Phenomenon...


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