‘Out of Many, One’ | Netflix Short Documentary Review

By Daniel Hart
Published: December 17, 2018
Out of Many, One - Netflix Short documentary review


In a challenging political climate, Netflix short documentary Out of Many, One shows the testing challenges to gain citizenship in America in a robust 34 minutes.

As I admired the tenacity of the people fighting for their citizenship in the Netflix short film Out of Many, One, I became frustrated that I often have to repeat myself every time I watch any documentary that pertains to immigration. In truth, I find myself dismayed of the generation we currently reside in, where a growing “victim” culture forces the minds of the intolerant to believe that a person from the outside is the reason for their mounting issues.

Human evolution is challenged when we frequently witness the stereotypical Trump supporter, lubing themselves at the prospect of building a wall in the 21st century or a Brexiteer believing that they would get a job as a doctor if it weren’t for those pesky immigrants making “Great” Britain into an Islam-ruled country.

The fact is, nothing I say or do will change the minds of the intellectually challenged, and neither will Out of Many, One. However, what the short Netflix documentary will do is give you an enlightening showcase of immigrants learning about the USA in testing political times in hope they will land their citizenship in the “Land of the Free”.

Ironically, the teachings provided to the dreamers are that everyone in America is an immigrant. Out of Many, One shows that they are no different to anyone that has a place of residence in the USA, and that they are purely arriving at a different time. The concept of teaching these immigrants American values and history is socially admirable, especially by the group of citizens that run it. However, the taste of irony is rife, especially when at present the bigoted leader of the country seats himself next to a First Lady who was not born there.

Again, looking past the absurdity of politics should not discredit what Out of Many, One is trying to do which is show how the landscape changed after 9/11, and how the obstacles have deepened to gain such a well-celebrated honor. Despite the 34-minute running time, the Netflix documentary targets the right case studies, giving us information that will not only endear you but give you an insight worth watching.

And as the editor of this site frequently reminds me, it is strange how possessive people get about where they are born; something they have no control over. As a world growing in technology, with an infinite amount of discoveries to be made about our Universe, surely the limitations of moving country and the term borders should become obsolete, in line with evolution. And if you resist the idea of immigrants, Out of Many, One will at least prove that immigrants are just as human as you.

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