Nossa Casa Nova or Being the Best There Is at Selling (Video, 2011)

In the early 1980s, my father, a recent Portuguese immigrant, took a job with RCA as a salesman and moved our family to a suburb of Atlanta. With the extended family we left behind in mind as an audience and what was then RCA's latest camcorder, my father recorded an extensive collection of home videos including several tours of our new home narrated in Portuguese. Responding to my father's archive, I attempt to make a narrated video tour of my apartment in Portuguese and interweave it with footage of my parents struggling to watch and translate it into English. The result is a humorous and mutually embarrassing reflection on first and second-generation immigrant experiences.

Nossa Casa Nova from Nicky Tavares on Vimeo.