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Weaving together the lives of different people from different countries who all share a quest for citizenship by choice, not birthright, this documentary travels from a citizenship class in... See full summary »

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Weaving together the lives of different people from different countries who all share a quest for citizenship by choice, not birthright, this documentary travels from a citizenship class in San Jose to a naturalization ceremony in Iraq. Along the way, there's unprecedented access to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, revealing the complex process up-close, including a marriage interview and the one-on-one Citizenship Exam. How many amendments are in the Constitution? To become an American, not knowing is not an option. Contemporary stories of struggle and success are combined with insightful interviews from notable naturalized citizens like Fareed Zakaria, Alan Cumming, David Rakoff and Isabel Allende. Written by History

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The Naturalized introduces you to a variety of people who become naturalized citizens of the US.

They explain their decision to make the US their new home country, they give insight in the process, the frustration and bureaucracy, and throughout the film, their love for their new home shows through. They try to explain their attachment with sincerity, with humor, and portray the best of America in their stories. Everyone should watch this show, native and naturalized alike.

I sniffled throughout the whole film, touched by these people, reminded by them of the courage it takes to follow your convictions, your dreams, and what the US means for so many - land of opportunity - freedom for all. We can all use this reminder and lesson in citizenship.


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