Little America — Inside the Anthology Series | Apple TV+

Little America — Inside the Anthology Series | Apple TV+


– Dad, where is the dictionary? – Up there. I got that dictionary when
I first came to this country. Whenever I didn’t know a word,
I would look it up, and highlight it with a marker. – It doesn’t look like
you learned many words. – The show started with
our friend Lee Eisenberg. – I went to
“Epic” magazine and said, “I want to do
an immigrant anthology series, and I’d love for
the stories to be real.” – Lee came to us and said, “Is that something you and Emily
would want to be a part of?” – And cut. – I mean, this is the fastest
I’ve said yes to anything. What I love about the show is,
these are all true stories. – Kumail and I have had some
experience in taking real events and turning them
in to a fictional story, from our movie “The Big Sick.” So I think Lee kind of
wanted that same tone. – From a journalist’s perspective,
I had already been thinking about doing a series
of stories for immigrants to where people would
just sort of tell their stories in their own voices,
and so we used those to flesh out
what the episodes might be. -What?
-Excuse me. That is a superpower. – You go out there like that? – That’s gonna make you famous! – Every woman
in Uganda can do this. – But, girl,
you’re in Louisville, Kentucky. – America represents opportunity to so many different kinds
of people. – I’m gonna be a Hollywood star. – We worked hard to get writers who had some connection
to each story. – We just wanted to have that level
of authenticity and texture. So, as much as we can, the directors are from
the same country of origin as the characters
on the episode. – If you’re making a show about
immigrants in this day and age, its gonna be seen as political, but we really wanted these
to be human stories. These are not stories
with any kind of agenda. We’re trying to entertain,
first and foremost, but I think that’s such a lovely thing
that I’m hoping that we can offer as well. – I’m trying.
– I’m trying. ♪ Come on and take a journey ♪ – Our big thing that connects
all these episodes is people trying to find
a sense of hope. You’re geographical home is gone, and so you have to
find a home here. I think that’s why people
will connect to this. – You’re the concierge?
– I’m so sorry. – Even though they may not look like these
people, they’ll feel like these people. ♪ But I’m missin’ home,
I’m missin’ ♪ – A family that wins
a free cruise. A guy who comes to a new place
to go to college – and is trying to out who he is.
– (spits) These aren’t things that can
only happen to immigrants. ♪ We may have seen
the world ♪ ♪ We may have seen the world ♪ ♪ But there’s no place like home ♪ ♪ So go tell everyone ♪ ♪ We’re coming home,
we’re coming home ♪ – It’s a show about
the American dream, about people who have very specific,
and yet at the same time, very universal desires
and goals and needs. ♪ We’re coming home,
we’re coming home ♪ (laughing) – I think it’s a tapestry
of our country and the collective
that creates it. ♪ We’re coming home ♪

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