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The New Americans


Produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), The New Americans is a presentation of ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Asian Women United/National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA).

Series Description

The New Americans is a seven-hour, three-part series about the search for the American dream as seen through the eyes of today's immigrants and refugees. From Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, each family has come with different hopes: to achieve glory or riches from the high-tech industry; to escape poverty and persecution; or to marry. The New Americans explores the dreams of these newcomers before they leave their homelands and follows their first years in America, offering a dramatic look at who is coming to the United States and why.


Production Funders
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Outreach Funders
Active Voice
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation

ITVS Community Connections Project
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Kartemquin Educational Films (production)
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Sundance Documentary Fund, Latino Public Broadcasting, National Asian American Telecommunications Association

Outreach Extensions
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Educational Outreach Budget Range

Very large (over $500K)

Educational Outreach "Producers"

Outreach producers/partners are the ITVS Community Connections Project (ITVS-CCP), Active Voice, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), and Outreach Extensions. National outreach elements were coordinated by ITVS staff. New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) developed The New Americans Series Guide and Activity Book. The Web site was produced by ITVS Interactive and designed and developed by Interactive Knowledge. The Web site was developed by ITVS Interactive.


Active Voice; American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); Building the New American Community; Commission on Adult Basic Education, Inc. (COABE); Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR); Immigration and Refugee Services of America (IRSA); MANA, A National Latina Organization; Migration Policy Institute (MPI); National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, Inc. (NAEPDC); National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ); National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL); National Immigration Forum; National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI); National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI); National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR); National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women; National Parent Teacher Association; Network of Alliances Bridging Race & Ethnicity (NABRE); New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC)/World Education; Outreach Extensions; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

At the federal level, ITVS-CCP worked with the Department of Education, Office of Adult Education, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Minority Health. Both agencies assisted with resource development and distribution.

In this section:

    Auschwitz: Inside the
    Nazi State

    Building Big

    Culture Shock



    In Search of Shakespeare

    Lewis & Clark:
    The Journey of the
    Corps of Discovery

    My Journey Home

>  The New Americans

        Goals & Audience

        Outreach Elements


        Challenges &
        Lessons Learned

    Poetic License


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