A Kiss to This Land
When quotas stemmed the flow of immigrants to the United States in the 1920's and 1930's, Jews seeking respite were warmly welcomed by Mexico. While remaining attached to their roots, this diverse group —hailing from Turkey, Poland, Syria and Ukraine— embraced their new home’s vibrant colors, foods, language, and beauty. A KISS TO THIS LAND presents an oral history of seven fascinating individuals who arrived at Mexico’s shores in the early 20th century. Among them was a socialist idealist, a bride, and a Yiddish entertainer. In often poetic language, they talk about their unlikely decision to journey to an unknown destination and how they came to love that place, gradually building family and community while moving from youth to maturity. The documentary is enhanced by archival footage, still photographs, and an evocative soundtrack.