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This 2000 video documentary by Aaron Matthews profiles the Ortizes, a family of immigrants in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The parents toil as hospital custodians, the eldest daughter studies at Columbia University, and the youngest daughter is friendly and socially active. Matthews needn't have cornered them in the middle of a family crisis, but he seems to present only the most positive moments (careful preparations for a graduation party, happy evenings at home, family outings never clouded by sibling rivalry). At the end we know little more about them and the challenges they face than we knew at the beginning. 62 min. (Jack Helbig) (9:00)

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