Graduation Date

Fall 12-17-2021

Grading Professor

Phil Bertelsen

Subject Concentration


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


The Preka family won the diversity visa lottery and has immigrated to the seaside town of New London, Connecticut. They are a family of four that have dreamed of immigrating to the United States for much of their lives. Originally from Albania, a country with limited opportunities and riddled with corruption, the film will follow them in Connecticut as they adjust to life in the US and the challenges of learning a new language, finding decent work, and adjusting to a new culture. The film explores their emotional journey; their hopes, expectations, and disappointments, as they build a life without their eldest son, who was forced to stay behind. In midst of this, the younger son Xhovi finds himself in the new position of working to support his family, financially and emotionally.




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