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A short film that evokes the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant.

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JR

Writer:

Eric Roth
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Robert De Niro
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A short film that evokes the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant.

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Эллис See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Unkown: There were all these millions of people who come through here. And I see them all. People of every colour, shape, and size. And i think about all those people who did. All of those that made it. Made it to some distant shore where when they come up the beach or over a bridge or onto a road, they start to walk. Then they start walking faster and faster. Then they are running. They made it. They were at last... home
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Poignant, provocative
9 January 2016 | by alpineincSee all my reviews

Confused by the earlier review here, but for those of us on US shores that are intimate with the profound import of Ellis Island to this country, it's a touching tribute to those who were hoping for a better life but were either quarantined or turned away, and reflects on the continuing struggles of immigrants today as well. The enigmatic French artist JR evokes an unsettling portrait of the ghosts of the Ellis Island Hospital complex, abandoned for over 60 years and rarely granted public access, and Robert DeNiro, in a refreshing contemporary serious turn, deftly narrates and embodies the travails of one particular immigrant as we travel through the crumbling hallways and cracked windows of the past. A perfect subject and location for a short film, and a heartfelt homage to not only the US but the universal immigration experience. It's only 15 minutes, and it's free. Watch it.


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