In America, nearly one student in four is a child of immigration. How America fares in welcoming immigrants will determine our identity for the years to come. This film follows five immigrant teenagers over the course of one year at the International High School at Lafayette, a public high school in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world. By walking in the shoes of five complex (and in some ways, typical) teenagers who encounter everything from learning a new language, adapting to families they haven’t seen in years, to social pressure and visa uncertainties while coming of age in a new land — schools, communities, and their leaders have come to understand how these children– and the millions like them throughout the USA – are an integral part of America today. A discussion about how we welcome today’s immigrants in this country, facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves staff, will immediately follow the film screening.
This events is co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.