Relevant Films and Sources

Relevant Films

  • You Must Have Been a Bilingual Baby (46 min., Filmakers Library). 
    David Suzuki narrates this video dealing with the process of bilingual language acquisition, forms of bilingual education, and the “bilingual brain” of interpreters.
  • Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary (53 min., Transit Media). 
    Fourth-grade-teacher-turned-filmmaker Laura Simon interweaves the stories of a 9-year-old student from El Salvador and two teachers of different backgrounds in an examination of the potential impact of California Proposition 187, which denies public education to undocumented immigrants.
  • Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children (58 min., Doubles Film Library). 
    Regge Life’s documentary, based on a series of moving interviews with people of Japanese and American parentage. Provides a variety of different cultural and generational perspectives.
  • Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America (30 min., Filmakers Library). 
    A classic film about Hmong refugees who bring traditional healing practices to urban America.
  • Multicultural Counseling (Vol. 2, 44 min., Insight Media). 
    Seven vignettes focus on a variety of issues that arise when the client and counselor are culturally different. Volume 2 (Diversity Issues) deals with religion and gender.
  • Seven Nights and Seven Days (58 min., Filmakers Library).
    This film documents a healing ceremony involving trance states that is effectively used in Senegal to treat a case of postpartum depression.
  • And Thereafter: A Korean “War Bride” in an Alien Land (56 min., Filmakers Library). 
    This video presents a heartbreaking account of the life of 76-year-old Young-Ja Wike, one of 10,000 Korean women who married American soldiers. This film was screened at several international film festivals.
  • Heart of the Dragon, Part 10. Mediating (57 min., PBS/Ambrose Video). 
    A look at the mediation process used to resolve a dispute between a married couple in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Learning to Hate (39 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). 
    In this second film in the Beyond Hate set, Bill Moyers uses examples from a variety of cultures to explore the formation of intergroup attitudes. The video includes appearances from Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Jimmy Carter, and others.
  • Natives: Immigrant Bashing on the Border (25 min., Filmakers Library). 
    This multifestival film exposes a shocking level of anti-immigrant sentiment among Americans living along the California–Mexico border.
  • The Way Home (92 min., New Day Films).
    Eight ethnic councils of women come together to discuss issues of oppression in the United States.
  • a.k.a. Don Bonus (55 min., NAATA). 
    A video diary documenting the acculturation experiences of 18-year-old Sokly Ny (Don Bonus) and his family, who settled in the United States after escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
  • The Aliens: Being a Foreign Student (35 min., Intercultural Press).
    Interviews with six Dartmouth students from diverse backgrounds explore the challenges of adjusting to international study in the United States.
  • Becoming American (58 min., New Day Films). 
    This film documents the intense culture shock experienced by a Laotian family from a farming background as they transition from a refugee camp in Thailand to a new home in Seattle.
  • Black to the Promised Land (95 min., First Run/Icarus Films).
    This documentary explores the effects of intercultural contact as it follows 11 African American teens on a three-month sojourn on an Israeli kibbutz.
  • Cold Water (48 min., Intercultural Press).
    Twelve international students studying at Boston University discuss their experiences with cross-cultural adaptation and culture shock.
  • Crosstalk (50 min., Films for the Humanities and Sciences). 
    This film illustrates common intercultural communication failures in business through a look at the difficulties faced by Americans of Korean and Chinese ancestry.
  • Foreign Talk (11 min., NAATA). 
    Portrays an intercultural interaction between a Chinese American woman and two African American men in a commuter train.
  • A Great Wall (100 min., Pacific Arts Video).
    In this entertaining video, a Chinese American family visits relatives in China and encounters a variety of intercultural communication challenges.


Relevant Sources

  • Berry, J. W. (2005). Acculturation: Living successfully in two cultures. International Journal of Intercultural Relations29(6), 697–712.
  • Ellison, J., Jandorf, L., & Duhamel, K. (2011). Assessment of the Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics (SASH) among low-income, immigrant Hispanics. Journal of Cancer Education26(3), 478–483.
  • Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., & Szapocznik, J. (2010). Rethinking the concept of acculturation: Implications for theory and research. American Psychologist65(4), 237–251.
  • Smith, T. B., & Silva, L. (2011). Ethnic identity and personal well-being of people of color: A meta-analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology58(1), 42.
  • Birman, D. (1994). Acculturation and human diversity in a multicultural society. In E. J. Trickett, R. J. Watts, & D. Birman (Eds.), Human diversity: Perspectives on people in context (pp. 261–284). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Falicov, C. J. (2013). Latino families in therapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • McGoldrick, M., & Hardy, K. V. (Eds.). (2008). Re-visioning family therapy: Race, culture, and gender in clinical practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press.