NEW CHILDREN/NEW YORK is an intimate portrait of the struggles and perseverance of young immigrants coming of age in inner-city New York. Set in a community workshop in Bushwick, a Latino immigrant and low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn, the documentary follows three young people who are studying filmmaking. Their gripping, self-exploratory films'excerpted throughout the documentary and each exhibiting a distinct voice and style'reveal the confidential perceptions of these youngsters who dramatically straddle the opposing cultures of the U.S. and their homelands. As filmmaking encourages them to reflect on their identities, their family situations and the elusiveness of the "American Dream,"the documentary poignantly portrays how dislocation often comes with hardship, isolation, despair and cultural/familial erosion. NEW CHILDREN/NEW YORK begins as the students interview their families and learn about their pasts. Confronting accounts of lost tradition, family separation and death and destitution, the youth are galvanized to explore their histories to understand who they are, where they come from and where they're going. Their bold and moving films seek to explore these personal questions: 19-year-old Patricia asks, why did my family come to the U.S.? Fausto, 21, wonders if he misses the festivities he participated in back in Ecuador. Desiree, 16, considers how she can express her individuality without offending her family and without feeling personally compromised.NEW CHILDREN/NEW YORK is a window into the hidden experience of being young, poor and Latino in 21st-century America. It is a story of discovery, hope and salvation in an increasingly globalized world.