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FDR Library Screens Immigration Films In Hyde Park

Seth Shire will offer commentary between films on immigration at the FDR Library.
Seth Shire will offer commentary between films on immigration at the FDR Library. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The Pare Lorentz Center at the FDR Presidential Library will present the winter 2016 documentary film series "Immigration, Migration and the American Dream" on Saturday.

Professor and critic Seth Shire of City University of New York will provide commentary and audience discussion between four films that address the themes of immigration and migration.

Pare Lorentz's "The Plow that Broke the Plains" opens the series at 3 p.m. The 1936 Dust Bowl and New Deal documentary will be paired with a new seven-minute film biography of Lorentz.

The PBS film "Farmingville" documents the expanding population of undocumented immigrants in a suburban Long Island community where two laborers become victims of a hate crime. The film begins at 4 p.m.

A break will take place from 6-7 p.m.

"The Immigrant," a 1917 short starring Charlie Chaplin, will screen at 7 p.m.

The Sundance special jury award winner "The Overnighters" will close the series. "The Overnighters" documents the tensions that arise in a small North Dakota town when people come seeking money in the oil boom but find no affordable housing.

Seating for the free film series is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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