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Program 27: South Asian Day in Queens

  • South Asian Community Center 72-24 Broadway Jackson Heights, NY, 11372 United States (map)

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Claiming Our Voice (20 min -2013) shares the stories of Andolan, an organization founded and led by South Asian immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions. The film follows the women as they create, rehearse and refine acts for their first popular multi-lingual theater performance, directed by Yalini Dream. Claiming Our Voice seeks to break community silence and honor stories by allowing women to (literally) set the stage for how their stories will be told.

Cast in India (26 min-2014)  Iconic and ubiquitous, thousands of manhole covers dot the streets of New York City. Enlivening the everyday objects around us, this short film is a glimpse of the working lives of the men behind the manhole covers in New York City;

Mass E Bhat (82 min - 2015) tells the story of one young man’s struggle to grow up and achieve his goals in modern Bangladesh. As we follow the 20 year old Nasir, now a social worker in the slums, he reflects on his life, from childhood in a rural village and his families migration to the city, through his early years working in the rubbish dumps and sweatshops and finally how he has achieved his dream of an education and respect within his community. As Nasir recounts his life, we meet a series of children, parents and employers, who mirror his past but are all real in the country's present. Mass E Bhat's original score has been composed by John Pandit, Louis Beckett and Rowan Perkins.

Mass E Bhat' is a feature length documentary produced by The Rainbow Collective with the support of Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, Openvizor and CBA DFID (Worldview).

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