Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Vietnamese refugees soon after arriving in the United States after the Vietnam War fall of Saigon. A Vietnamese girl seated next to a man using a radio to communicate. In the Refugee Center, a man writes names of refugees with their tent assignments. Air Force personnel and volunteers at work in the Center.
Opening scene shows sign at front of some buildings reading:"23rd Air Transportable Hospital, England AFB, LA." Camera pans over to a large oive drab tent. Next, two field ambulances are seen parked in grass next to wood-reinforced canvas tent structures. Several Vietnamese civilians stroll up to the entrance of one and stand there. Partway inside is a woman wearing a traditional Vietnamese conical hat (non la), pulled down over her shoulders. The hat is red in color.
(This sign in the video states the location is England AFB, Louisiana.)
“Operation New Arrivals,” in 1975, at Eglin Air Force Base Vietnamese Refugee Center. Opening scene shows closeup of a clown in costume, standing among some Vietnamese refugee children who are gathered outdoors at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Closeup of two boys sitting on folding metal chairs, eating ice cream popsicles. Many more closeups of children eating their popsicles. Next the children are seen seated in chairs, applauding for some kind of entertainment. Camera then shows the aforementioned clown, in front of the children, shaking hands with some of them. He then fashions some balloons into the shape of a bunny rabbit and gives it to a small child.
Aerial view of temporary encampment for Vietnamese refugees at Eglin Air Force base in Valparaiso, Florida. View of the tents and barracks buildings, recreation areas, and roads in the camp, as seen in May 1975, soon after the fall of Saigon, near the end of the Vietnam War.
From a 1975 production on European immigration to America, with a mix of modern interviews, historical footage circa 1905-1910, and historic still images of immigrants. Elderly immigrant recalls his experiences. Picture of men with shaved heads at Ellis Island processing facilities after being sprayed and shaved for decontamination measures. European immigrants aboard ships. Band play music at port as immigrants embark on boats and ships. Animated map connects Hull and Liverpool. Passenger train runs on route from Baltic regions to Liverpool carrying European immigrants bound for America. View of Liverpool harbor and port areas. Ships at port in Liverpool. Passengers at railway station. Old man shares his memories of watching immigrants pass through Liverpool. People on horse-drawn carriages in Liverpool streets bound for Lime Street Station. One covered carriage with sign on side "London Northwestern Railway Collecting Van For Fast Train Traffic" passes by on Lime Street with St George's Hall in background. Another more simple carriage has a sign "Lucania" on it. Immigrants in Liverpool aboard ocean liners at dock, including the RMS Lucania (which clarifies this footage as before 1909). Passenger Ocean liner underway in heavy seas. View from ship with waves crashing over bow during heavy seas. Old woman shares her experience aboard the ship then, commenting on problems of seasickness among the immigrant passengers in the forward steerage compartments.