This Week on TV: Cantabrigian stories of migration

This Week on TV: Cantabrigian stories of migration

Immigration stories from a local prespective

  • Posted on: 31 December 2015
  • By: lily

This Saturday afternoon, noon to midnight on Channel 9, local stories of migration:

Cambridge City of Opportunity is a new video from producer Odai Nakawa of CCTV's Youth Media Program. He introduces us to some of his CRLS student peers who come from places outside of Cambridge. Hear what they have to say about their experiences living in Cambridge. (Nakawa's video will also air with new member-made content, which plays each week on Channel 9 Sundays at 12pm and Fridays at 7pm, and on Channel 96 Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 9pm.)

Other programs in the Saturday afternoon mix include...

From Cambridge youth in CCTV's school year and summer production programs: New America to New Americans, in which the President discusses his immigration policy -- starring Cliff Lucien as a very believable president Obama. Immigrants' Experience, in which Cambridge youth interview folks who have migrated to America and hear about how different America is from their home countries. Gendher, which examines the immigration experience from women's perspectives. And Chasing the American Dream, which discusses the obstacles new immigrants face in order to find a job and place in the United States.

Also, stories from local authors -- professional and amateur alike: Storytelling Tent: Cantabrigians who come from outside the United States share stories about their hometowns at one of Cambridge's annual RiverFest street festivals. Cambridge Reads with Julia Alvarez: CCTV worked with the Cambridge Public Library to profile the local immigrant experience. The production accompanied the citywide book club's reading of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez. Ms. Alvarez shares her experiences on leaving her native Dominican Republic and arriving in the US along with local residents' stories of transition. And, The Wondrous Success of Junot Diaz, a talk and reading by esteemed Dominican-American author and Cambridge resident Junot Diaz.

Take virtual tours of local museums

From NewTV producer Jay Sugarman, new episodes in the Museum Open House series: Explore the Isabella Stewart Gardner and learn about the museum's approaches to education and the various programs available to both school groups and the general public. After the Gardner, tour Boston College's McMullen Museum with info on the recent Wilfredo Lam exhibit. On Channel 8, Saturdays 4-5pm, Mondays 10-11pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm, Fridays 4-5pm.

Featured documentaries from the CCTV Archives:

Hip Hop beyond Beats & Rhymes: "A riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood." Featuring rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. On Channel 96 Saturday 1/2 at 11pm, Thursday 1/7 at 4pm, and Friday 1/8 at 10am.

Shop Till you Drop: "Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront these questions head-on. Taking aim at the high-stress, high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism, the film moves beneath the seductive surfaces of the commercial world to show how the flip side of accumulation is depletion -- the slow, steady erosion of both natural resources and basic human values. In the end, Shop 'Til You Drop helps us make sense of the economic turbulence of the moment, providing an unflinching, riveting look at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. On Channel 8 Saturday 1/2 at 10pm, Monday 1/4 at 10am, and Wednesday 1/6 at 11pm.