The New Americans aired on PBS’s Global Voices July 5-Aug 16, 2009. Click here to learn more about the re-broadcast.

For workplaces, schools and community organizations that would like to use shorter stories from The New Americans to increase understanding of recent immigrants, Active Voice and Kartemquin Films offer three brief, themed Video/DVD Modules and Discussion Guides for a nominal fee.

To purchase the full series on DVD, visit the Kartemquin Store


The face of America is changing daily – and dramatically. Immigrants are entering the country in greater numbers than ever before and settling in “new gateway” communities, many of which are unaccustomed to newcomers. The New Americans is a landmark PBS miniseries that reveals the remarkable sweep of immigrant experience today through the experiences of a diverse group of immigrants and refugees, who leave their homes and families behind and come to live in America.

Active Voice used these compelling stories to help longtime residents and immigrants understand and address issues arising from these recent unprecedented demographic changes. Working with immigration experts and organizations, we identified pilot sites in Greensboro, North Carolina; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri; Twin Cities, Minnesota; the Central Valley and Bay Area of California and Des Moines, Iowa. We helped partners in these sites customize their use of the programs: some engaged elected officials, others held press conferences to announce new coalitions, still others launched year-long statewide initiatives to pave the way for “receiving” immigrants more effectively. When the participants identified particularly helpful scenes, we edited them into VHS and DVD modules and provided Discussion Guides that guided them in using the material.


“Since The New Americans Campaign has begun, the Fort Wayne [Indiana] community has moved to another level regarding our new neighbors. Many churches have come on board. A collaborative effort is happening to develop a seminar curriculum for our immigrant and refugee population in the areas of housing, banking, education. We don't believe we would be this far along if it had not been for our partnership in The New Americans Community Campaign.”
Tamyra Kelly
Director of Community Investment, United Way of Allen County
“The modules can be used as a tool to engage conversation, stimulate debate, and assess community strengths and weaknesses. The modules are entertaining and instructive, heart breaking, and full of hope. For newcomer advocates, service providers, activist and engaged communities, they communicate the essential components of the immigrant-refugee story, and they pose questions that need to be addressed by future activism and civic participation.”
Cathy Anderson
Language and Cultural Services Manager and Lead Partner at Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City, MO