The short documentary Out of Many, One talks about a sensitive theme to many people around the world: the issue of immigration to the United States. As reported shortly in the trailer shown on Netflix before the debut, one in five immigrants choose the country currently ruled by Donald Trump to rebuild their lives. In this touching and engaging project, which has only 34 minutes, shows some people who have moved from their places of origin towards the powerful America; each with their motives, but all properly received (watch here).
Out of Many, One talks about some people who have had the courage to leave their original homes and embark on a kind of adventure, in search of the so-called “American dream”. Some for wanting a better and fairer life. Others suffer persecution of a political nature in their home country. And there are also those who did it out of love: when meeting an American citizen, they decided to move to the United States to get married.
Of course, there is the factual counterpoint. Watching Out of Many, One is to imagine that the United States is the paradise for people from the most diverse places on the planet. Meanwhile, newspapers show that the Trump government has been struggling to “sanitize” the population, with its famous motto “America First”. That is, the Americans first, then the rest. Watching this short movie, then, makes us think: what leads a president to want to face his own Constitution, trying to make it difficult for non-Americans to enter their territory?
The name of the documentary derives from the motto of the United States, “E pluribus unum”, which means out of many, one. This Latin phrase was chosen to represent the ideals of the United States at the time of the integration between thirteen different territories that formed the nation as we know it today. Evidently, because of immigration, it gained another meaning. Until recently, it was the synonym of a country that welcomed and integrated people from the most diverse places on the planet, giving them the opportunity to live the “American dream”.
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Synopsis: In this documentary short, a diverse group of men and women discuss their personal journeys as they prepare for the U.S. citizenship test.
Age rating: 10;