It’s always strange arriving in a new land, the culture is different, the people are different and at the beginning one really does feel alienated. However, some of the greatest stories are about how these people adjust to the way of life there. Some people manage to reach the very top echelons of society, making them success stories but for the most part, people tend to get marginalized and struggle to reconcile the way of life they were familiar with to a new way of life in a new land. This then goes on to shape the immigrant experience.
There have been many films documenting or telling tales of the immigrant experience and lives of illegal immigrants and the best part is not all of them are mainstream films. Here’s the list of best movies about immigration ever made. You can also stream some of these best immigration movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Visitor (2007)
Directed by Tom McCarthy, the film focuses on themes of immigration, and cultural identity in a post 9/11 America. The plot is about a professor at Connecticut College, Walter Vale. Walter leads a life marked by banality until he comes across Tarek, a Syrian drummer, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend. Their meeting is under surprising circumstances as Walter heads to New York to present a paper at an academic conference and finds the couple renting his Manhattan apartment from a swindler who claimed it was his. However, the film explores immigrant experience through multi-cultural perspectives, for example, the music they bring into Walter’s life which he begins to appreciate. When Tarek is unjustly arrested, Walter commits himself to get justice for Tarek. The film is excellently made and shows love through small gestures across cultures.
9. The Secret of the Grain (2007)