Part of Science on Screen® 2019.
An escaped alien slave crash-lands on Ellis Island and takes up residence in Harlem where he befriends the regulars of a local bar. With the exception of having three-toed feet and being mute, he appears as a young black man and quickly integrates into the community. However, a pair of alien bounty hunters are hot on his trail and come to Earth to recapture him.
John Sayles’ cult science-fiction film is a symbolic tale of the immigrant experience exploring issues of race, language and integration while also serving as a wonderful portrait of life in Harlem in the early 1980s. 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive
Alienation: The Sociological and Psychological implications of Otherness and Integration in the Immigrant Experience
About the Speakers:
Mariano Sana is an associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University. His research work is mostly in the fields of international migration and survey data collection. Most recently, he has focused on public opinion on immigration and on refugees in particular, noting that the American public is a lot more sympathetic toward immigrants and more supportive of immigration than it is usually assumed. He has also done extensive research work on immigrants' economic incorporation in the United States, interviewing techniques to improve survey data, and highly skilled migration. His work has been published in the top academic journals in the field of migration studies, in addition to demography, sociology and interdisciplinary journals.