Short Film Profile

New American Soldier

Three immigrant soldiers go through the ups and downs of training and deployment, and as they take steps towards achieving U.S. citizenship. Since 9/11, after an executive order streamlining the naturalization process for service members in wartime, over 45,000 immigrant troops have become U.S. citizens. Today there are over 70,000 immigrants serving in the military – 5% of the Armed Forces. Seth Donkor won the visa lottery and left Ghana two years ago. A soft-spoken young man, he is now living out his Rambo fantasies as a Private in the U.S. Army. Clarissa Calderé, originally from Peru, never thought of enlisting until a recruiter told her that the Army would pay for medical school. Victor Toledo Pulido is a Mexican immigrant who walked to the Central Valley of California when he was seven. He enlisted because he wanted to provide for his young family, but was killed in Iraq a year and a half later.

Film notes

By taking two of the hottest debates in our country – the post 9/11 war and immigration policy – out of the bi-partisan political arena, and into the lives of real people on the front lines, New American Soldier cuts straight to the heart of these issues. This film seeks to give a general American audience a better understanding of the people who are fighting this war, and what it means to be American.


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Previous screenings

12 Nov – 15 Nov | Festival City, United States

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 13 Mar 2010