“The Naturalized” is an insightful and moving documentary about the process of becoming a U.S. citizen by choice. It follows the paths of people from different countries on their journey towards U.S. citizenship, including their personal histories, their naturalization interviews, and swearing-in ceremonies. If you are a native-born American, it will make you appreciate living in the United States. A speaker at a swearing-in ceremony at a palace in Iraq, of all places, makes an excellent point. He explains that many Americans associate the Statue of Liberty as an immigration icon. She is inscribed with the famous lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” He suggests a better quote, “Give me your best, brightest, [and] bravest…who enhance our great nation.” On a lighter note, my favorite talking heads are author David Rakoff and Charo, who provide some comic relief. The documentary was broadcast nationally this week on the History Channel. I have not yet found it on Hulu and it seems too early for it to be available on Netflix, but if I do find it or discover that it will be re-broadcast, I will include the information on an updated post. Below is the trailer.
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