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Oceans of Hope 

Directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon (Pier 21 Society)

This is an artifact, really, of the Pier 21 museum's first decade in operation. The 25-minute film screened in-house from the start in 1999. For the museum lover, there’s a kitschy, nostalgic appeal to the costumed actors playing immigrants from different countries of origin and historical eras from Pier 21’s original operation (1929-71) and the performer who plays the friendly, sentimental immigration officer and acts as the film’s narrator. That same warm feeling comes from the positive praise of the tone and message. Though drawn from historical records and material in the museum’s collection, this is not a documentary. A critical point of view and review of the system’s flaws is due and hopefully will appear in part two.

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