26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island
Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island

Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island

director: Alfred Camille
original title: Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island
country: United States
year: 1903
running time: 3 min.


People from all the nations of Europe disembark on the island that, between 1892 and 1954, was the main gate of entry for millions of immigrants to America. In four different shots, we see elegantly and modestly dressed women, men and children with their luggage as they set foot on the land of their dreams and their new home.


American Alfred C. Abadie (1878–1950) started out as an assistant to Thomas Edison. After leaving Edison’s company, he continued to shoot educational films. His groundbreaking Birth (1917) was the first time the birth of a child was shown on screen.

more about film

director: Alfred Camille
producer: Thomas Alva Edison
photography: Alfred Camille
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
Kudy z nudy