"Island of Hope, Island of Tears" (documentary film)
Students of all ages can watch "Island of Hope, Island of Tears". This award-winning documentary film reveals why and how millions of immigrants journeyed across the world to Ellis Island, hoping for a better life for themselves and their descendants. The free program, which includes a 5-minute ranger talk followed by the 30-minute documentary, begins every half hour and is strictly limited to 140 people; no standing. Other unreserved times may also be available.
Teachers: You can also access "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" at www.archive.org/details/gov.ntis.ava15996vnb1. The film is available in different formats so it can be easily downloaded in the classroom as either a pre- or post-visit activity.