PIONEERING RUTGERS-BASED DOCUMENTARY PROJECT WILL OPEN AT BROOKLYN’S RENOWNED PHOTOVILLE FESTIVAL
September 13, 2017 | Brick City Live
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Newest Americans, a multimedia documentary collaborative based at Rutgers University-Newark, will take center stage on opening night at Photoville—the annual Brooklyn Bridge Park festival in DUMBO celebrating the work of visual artists from around the world.
Newest Americans will open the festival on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation of the range of media the project has produced documenting the histories and stories of recent immigrant communities from the vantage point of the campus of Rutgers University-Newark, which U.S. News and World Report has designated the most diverse university in the country for the past two decades.
Based in Newark, a city which has been significantly shaped by migration, Newest Americans affords a glimpse into the world of the Newest Americans and a vision of the country’s demographic future. The project is a collaboration between Express Newark, Talking Eyes Media and VII Photo.
The presentation will include short films, photography, spoken word poetry and music followed by moderated discussions with the creators and featured subjects. Featured work will include:
Fighting Chance – a film about how Former Marine Mike Steadman and his partner Gary Bloore use boxing to push young men beyond their circumstances.
Hijabi World – A film in which Muslim Jersey girls from four continents share what it means to wear the hijab in America today.
Off the Rails – A photo-essay exploring the environmental consequences of living off the rails in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood.
Transcendental Latino –a spoken word performance about Latino identity and latinidad.
Notes for My Homeland – a film about a Syrian-American composer who responded to the tragedies instigated by the Assad regime with music, and performed it at great personal risk.
Live musical performance with Mohammed Alsiadi – featured in Notes for My Homeland.
If you can’t catch the opening, can still catch the exhibit at Photoville until September 17th, and then again from September 21 through the 24th. The festival is free and open to the public.
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