La Ciudad/The City (1999, 88 minutes)
Director: David Riker
Distributor: Zeitgiest Films (zeitgeistfilms.com)
Four stories of present day immigrant life in New York’s Latino community.
Daughter from Danang (2002, 81 minutes)
Directors: Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco
Distributor: Balcony Releasing in Association with Cowboy Pictures (balconyfilm.com), PBS (shoppbs.org)
A young Asian American woman from Tennessee returns to Vietnam to reunite with her birth mother.
First Person Plural (2000, 56 minutes)
Director: Deann Borshay Lim
Distributor: NAATA (naatanet.org)
A woman adopted from Korea by American parents as a small girl, returns to Korea to unite her biological and adoptive families.
New Americans (2004, 140 minutes x 3)
Produced by: Kartemquin Educational Films
Distributor: PBS (shoppbs.org)
Series follows a group of immigrants and refugees of different nationalities as they learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.
Refugee (2002, 60 minutes)
Directors: Spencer Nakasako and Mike Siv
Distributor: VYDC (vydc.org), NAATA (naatanet.org)
Follows three young men from San Francisco ’s Tenderloin district as they travel to Cambodia to find their families.
Well-Founded Fear (2000, 119 minutes)
Directors: Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
Distributor: The Epidavros Project (epidavros.org)
Provides a behind the scenes look at the INS and the system that decides which political refugees get to stay in America and which ones get sent back.
Bok, Francis. Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America. New York, NY: St. Martin 's Press; 1st edition (October 14, 2003). ISBN 0312306245
Deng, Benson, Alephonsion Deng & Benjamin Ajak with Judy Bernstein. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. Boulder, CO: PublicAffairs, 2005. ISBN 1-58648-269-6
Deng, Francis Mading. The Dinka of the Sudan. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 1984). ISBN 0881330825
Jok, Jok Madut. War and Slavery in Sudan. Ethnography of Political Violence series. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8122-1762-4
NCCJ National Conference for Community and Justice. Intergroup Relations in the U.S. – Promising Practices. http://www.nccj.org. ISBN 0-9665452-2-2
Nezer, Mende and Damien Lewis. Slave. Boulder, CO : PublicAffairs, 2004. ISBN 1586482122
One Day We Had to Run! London: Evans Brothers & UNHCR. 1994. ISBN 0 237 52095 8
The children’s stories and paintings in this book give a striking picture of the experiences of refugee children through their own eyes. These are set against background information about Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia, which helps to explain why refugees have been forced to flee from these countries.
Pipher, Mary. The Middle of Everywhere: the World’s Refugees Come to Our Town. New York, NY: Harcourt, c2002 Harvest Books. ISBN 0156027372
Power, Samantha. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. New York, NY: Perennial, 2003. ISBN 0060541644
Salgado, Sebastiao. Migrations. Aperture; (April 5, 2000). ISBN 0893818917
Scroggins, Deborah. Emma’s War. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, c2002. ISBN 0375703772
Learn more about the history of Sudan, the causes of the war, religious freedom, the current humanitarian situation and the peace process:
Human Rights Watch
International Crisis Group
Committee on Conscience, U.S. Holocaust Museum
Washington Post special on the Dinka and Nuer
There are currently 14 million refugees in the world. Learn more about who refugees are, why they’ve had to flee their homes and the organizations that work to support refugees internationally:
POV | PBS
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
US Committee for Refugees
The International Rescue Committee
Doctors Without Borders
Migration Policy Institute
Amnesty International USA
Since September 11th, the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. has slowed dramatically. Learn more about the U.S. Refugee Program, refugee related policy issues before Congress, the 12 agencies contracted by the U.S government to support refugees and what you can do to support them:
Refugee Council USA
A consortium of national resettlement agencies and leading human rights groups
The International Rescue Committee
U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement
Visit the websites below for additional lesson plan ideas focusing on Sudan, human rights, refugee and immigration issues.
Lost Boys of Sudan POV/PBS site
NewsHour Sudan Genocide
Teen Experiences of War
An Interactive Web Series on the Concept of Borders
Role of Ethnic Identity in Society
The Immigrant Experience Modern
The Immigrant Experience Historical - Library of Congress
The Immigrant Experience Historical - Angel Island