One family. Two cultures. Three very
different daughters.

In intimate, vivid detail, My American Girls captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews’ film captures the rewards – and costs – of pursuing the American dream. From hard-working parents, who imagine retiring to their rural homeland, to fast-tracking American-born daughters, caught between their parent’s values and their own, the film encompasses the contradictions of contemporary immigrant life.

Selected Festivals & Awards

My American Girls stands as one of the strikingly few full-length profiles of Dominican immigrants in any genre.”
-The New York Times

Packed with uncommon honesty and humor.
-Los Angeles Times

“A heart-warming story of bi-cultural vitality.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“Intense and beautiful portrait.”
-La Raza

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