Robert De Niro and the artist JR have collaborated on a new short film called “Ellis” that looks really intriguing.

You can read more about it at the film’s website and at The New Yorker.

Here’s how JR describes the film:

“Walking around the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, I could feel the presence of the hundreds of thousands of people who passed through, and of the countless ones who didn’t make it and got turned back. I look for what’s often missing in today’s media coverage. I want to find the story behind each person who left his or her country. I want to know what made them leave everything and everyone behind, even when they knew they’d never be able to come back. It takes so much courage. There were immigrants in Ellis a hundred years ago, there are migrants now, and there will be some in a hundred years, so we have to do what we can to try to relate to each individual story.”

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

ELLIS – trailer from SOCIAL ANIMALS on Vimeo.