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Young Americans: My Name is Anis

Though many of us born in the U.S.A. take the privilege of living here for granted, an average of *400,000 new immigrants come to this country every year, legally, to work harder than most of us ever have for a chance to achieve their dream of a better life, and one that doesn’t usually include a new BMW, the latest I-phone, a billboard-size flat screen and 12 Billion thread-count sheets. Anis is one of these people.

Shot this 4 years ago and never put it out. Stumbled upon the footage a couple of weeks ago, cut it together and was excited to see how poignant Anis’ story is today.

And so I introduce to a young man who spends 18 hours a day on his feet at “Melrose Metal Mart” selling cigarettes, booze, donuts, soda, bread, beer, chips, hot dogs, sandwiches, postcards, newspapers and dirty magazines, with a smile on his face, to a potpourri of often less-than-savory patrons, and somehow still always finds time to talk life.

Make sure to stick around after the credits for outtakes including the “best weed in the state,” the redneck Jew and a visit from some crackhead con men.

*Although the number of adjustments has greatly varied between 1986 and 2006, the number of new arrivals has remained relatively stable at about 400,000 per year. The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, published by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS)

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” Forges Place in Sleep Never’s Heart

If you’re down with the metal, go see this movie.

If you’re an artist currently questioning whether to follow your heart or to quit your dream and do the right thing, go sit at a desk, make money, save and invest it, only to have it go up in flames when the stock market tanks again, go see this movie.

If you are not an artist, but somebody in your family is an artist or you have a friend that is one and are worried about their life path, go see this movie.

If you’re thinking about dropping out of school to join a band, go see this movie.

If you’ve already dropped out of school to join a band and are thinking of quitting the band and going back to school, go see this movie.

If you’ve ever had a friend, if you’ve ever had a passion for anything in life, if you’re afraid of dying with regrets, go see this movie.

If you’ve never had a passion for anything life, have no life or need some inspiration, go see this movie.

If you’re thinking about going to see “Crank: High Voltage,” JUST DON’T DO IT.

If you want to laugh, if you want to cry…

You know what to do.

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