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The Resource My American girls : a Dominican story, by Aaron Matthews, (electronic resource)

My American girls : a Dominican story, by Aaron Matthews, (electronic resource)

Label
My American girls : a Dominican story
Title
My American girls
Title remainder
a Dominican story
Statement of responsibility
by Aaron Matthews
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is a vivid portrayal of a year in the life of the Ortiz family -- hard working Dominican immigrants who live frugally in Brooklyn and dream of retiring one day in their native country. Their American-born daughters have different ideas and aspirations. These bittersweet contradictions form the core of the film as we watch the family sort out the rewards and the costs of pursuing the American dream.Sandra, the mother, grew up in the Dominican Republic, with 14 brothers and sisters, where there was no electricity or running water. She came to Brooklyn in 1975, all alone, seeking better work and pay. She and her husband, Bautista, hold two jobs each as hospital cleaners. Despite their long hours and relatively low pay, they provide their children with a comfortable lifestyle and the advantages of an American education.Their daughters represent the next generation of immigrants. Their eldest Monica (21), is an achiever who attends an ivy league college. She has an American boyfriend and has separated herself from the Dominican community , although she maintains close family ties. Aida (16) is a typical middle child, finding her way between the world of the streets and the ambitions of her parents. The youngest daughter Mayra (14) is a self proclaimed "ghetto" kid. She is failing in school and mainly wants to hang out with her friends. Sandra struggles to do right by each of them. Sandra s five-story house is filled with members of the extended family, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and attendant infants. Sandra realizes the irony that fulfilling her retirement dream will mean leaving her family once again. My American Girls captures the immigrant experience at the beginning of the 21st century
Awards note
  • Best Documentary, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 2001
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival, 2001
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2001
  • New York Latino Film Festival, 2001
  • Taos Talking Picture Film Festival, 2001
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Matthews, Aaron
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
This edition in English
Runtime
62
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children of immigrants
  • Dominicans (Dominican Republic)
  • Women immigrants
  • Dominican Republic
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
general
Label
My American girls : a Dominican story, by Aaron Matthews, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1650446
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650446/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (63 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210169
  • (OCoLC)747798382
Video recording format
other
Label
My American girls : a Dominican story, by Aaron Matthews, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1650446
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650446/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (63 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210169
  • (OCoLC)747798382
Video recording format
other

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