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I Speak Arabic: The Immigrant Experience in American Schools (2003)

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Enter into the world of Arabic speakers in the United States-their linguistic talents, difficulties and hopes for the future. This is a film about the relationship that Arab Americans have ... See full summary »

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Enter into the world of Arabic speakers in the United States-their linguistic talents, difficulties and hopes for the future. This is a film about the relationship that Arab Americans have with their language. These immigrants share the same challenges that all immigrant families face-how to balance the new with the old and come out whole. The film presents the experiences of young Arab Americans between the ages of 15 and 25, their parents and teachers. It is a dialogue about what helps and what discourages immigrant children from being successful and proficient in their heritage language. Written by Diana Scalera

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I recommend the documentary
27 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this documentary.

It was filmed in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Through the interviews of mostly young Arab Americans (or their teachers and parents), you get a feel of what it's like for a non-native American (or whose parents were foreign born) to live in the US today:

* how to maintain their original culture (or the culture of their parents) while adapting to their new surroundings,

* what it's like to belong to a linguistic, religious minority ...

The documentary has a web site with more information.


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