Director/producer Melody Gilbert once again reveals her knack for spotting a subculture with a story that needs to be told. This time it’s Eastern European college students with American stars and stripes in their eyes, coming to the United States for menial summer jobs like hotel maid, pizza-dough tosser and fishmonger’s flunky. Gilbert follows several of them, particularly Bulgarian pals Elena and Nikoleta, from emotional goodbyes to families they’ve never been apart from, through the steep learning curve of American culture and back home again, a little blonder, a little tanner and a lot wiser. (67 min.)

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