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America ReFramed

America ReFramed brings to life compelling stories, personal voices and experiences that illuminate the contours of our ever-changing country. Since 2012, the series has premiered 170 films - more than half helmed by female makers and a third credited to BIPOC makers - centering stories of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, immigrants and more.

In Search of Bengali Harlem

1h 22m

As a teen, Alaudin Ullah was swept up by the energy of hip-hop and rebelled against his Bangladeshi roots. Now a playwright contending with post-9/11 Hollywood’s Islamophobia, he sets out to tell his parents’ stories. IN SEARCH OF BENGALI HARLEM tracks his quest from mid-20th-century Harlem to Bangladesh, unveiling intertwined histories of South Asian Muslims, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans.

Episodes

  • In Search of Bengali Harlem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Search of Bengali Harlem

    S12 E5 - 1h 22m

    As a teen, Alaudin Ullah was swept up by the energy of hip-hop and rebelled against his Bangladeshi roots. Now a playwright contending with post-9/11 Hollywood’s Islamophobia, he sets out to tell his parents’ stories. IN SEARCH OF BENGALI HARLEM tracks his quest from mid-20th-century Harlem to Bangladesh, unveiling intertwined histories of South Asian Muslims, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans.

  • Hundreds of Thousands: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands

    S12 E4 - 20m 1s

    In HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, a family reeling from the unjust incarceration of an ailing mentally ill loved one, calls on their faith and the strength of community to right a systemic wrong. Music, love and creativity are used to permeate the isolation of a solitary confinement cell, and a public performance on prison grounds is used to challenge the state to do better.

  • What These Walls Won't Hold: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What These Walls Won't Hold

    S12 E3 - 43m 36s

    Transcending the grim realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adamu Chan's WHAT THESE WALLS WON'T HOLD paints a portrait of resilience and hope blossoming within San Quentin State Prison. Chan, formerly incarcerated himself, offers an insider's view delving into his own journey towards freedom, while amplifying the voices of his community and their loved ones on both sides of the prison walls.

  • A Woman on the Outside: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Woman on the Outside

    S12 E2 - 1h 23m

    After watching nearly every man in her life disappear into prison, Kristal Bush channels her struggle into reuniting other Philadelphia families divided by incarceration. But when her father and brother come home after decades behind bars, she confronts the greatest challenge yet - can she unite her own family without losing herself?

  • The Cost of Inheritance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Cost of Inheritance

    S12 E1 - 55m 23s

    THE COST OF INHERITANCE, an America ReFramed special, explores the complex issue of reparations in the U.S. using a thoughtful approach to history, historical injustices, systemic inequities, and critical dialogue on racial conciliation. Through personal narratives, community inquiries, and scholarly insights, it aims to inspire understanding of the scope and rationale of the reparations debate.

Extras + Features

  • Como Vivimos (How We Live) | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Como Vivimos (How We Live) | Preview

    S12 E6 - 30s

    In California’s Central Valley, hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school annually, because they live with their families in one of the state’s farmworker housing centers. These subsidized apartments require families to move out each winter and relocate at least 50 miles away before being allowed to return in the spring. These cycles of displacement come at a high cost to families’ futures.

  • Como Vivimos (How We Live) | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Como Vivimos (How We Live) | Trailer

    S12 E6 - 1m 25s

    In California’s Central Valley, hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school annually, because they live with their families in one of the state’s farmworker housing centers. These subsidized apartments require families to move out each winter and relocate at least 50 miles away before being allowed to return in the spring. These cycles of displacement come at a high cost to families’ futures.

  • In Search of Bengali Harlem | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Search of Bengali Harlem | Trailer

    S12 E5 - 1m 6s

    As a teen, Alaudin Ullah was swept up by the energy of hip-hop and rebelled against his Bangladeshi roots. Now a playwright contending with post-9/11 Hollywood’s Islamophobia, he sets out to tell his parents’ stories. IN SEARCH OF BENGALI HARLEM tracks his quest from mid-20th-century Harlem to Bangladesh, unveiling intertwined histories of South Asian Muslims, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans.

  • In Search of Bengali Harlem | Growing Up Bengali American: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Search of Bengali Harlem | Growing Up Bengali American

    S12 E5 - 56s

    Alaudin Ullah talks about his childhood experience as both Bengali and American in Harlem, New York. The stand-up comedian and playwright shares how he and his family were viewed and the affect it had on him throughout his early years in public school.

  • In Search of Bengali Harlem | An Identity in Hip Hop: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Search of Bengali Harlem | An Identity in Hip Hop

    S12 E5 - 1m 34s

    Alaudin Ullah talks about the cultural revolution known as hip hop in Harlem. Ullah felt like an outsider when he was growing up so he connected to the music and the people. But this also meant a rejection of his Bangladeshi culture which his parents did not understand as they were proud of who they were and where they came from.

  • Hundreds of Thousands | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands | Trailer

    S12 E4 - 54s

    In HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, a family reeling from the unjust incarceration of an ailing mentally ill loved one, calls on their faith and the strength of community to right a systemic wrong. Music, love and creativity are used to permeate the isolation of a solitary confinement cell, and a public performance on prison grounds is used to challenge the state to do better.

  • Hundreds of Thousands | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands | Preview

    S12 E4 - 30s

    In HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, a family reeling from the unjust incarceration of an ailing mentally ill loved one, calls on their faith and the strength of community to right a systemic wrong. Music, love and creativity are used to permeate the isolation of a solitary confinement cell, and a public performance on prison grounds is used to challenge the state to do better.

  • Hundreds of Thousands | A Call for Change: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands | A Call for Change

    S12 E4 - 54s

    Stevie Walker-Webb, who lived in a community-built prison cell for 24 hours as a representation of solitary confinement, shares his hopes and fears for incarcerated people with mental illness like his brother. Waday Walker has stayed in solitary for 122 days after being arrested during a mental health crisis.

  • Hundreds of Thousands | Brothers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands | Brothers

    S12 E4 - 58s

    Stevie and Waday Walker-Webb talk on the phone about Waday's wishes after he is released from prison - he was arrested during a mental health crisis. Stevie is working with family members who have incarcerated loved ones to present and protest solitary confinement through a 24-hour representation.

  • Hundreds of Thousands | Solitary Confinement: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hundreds of Thousands | Solitary Confinement

    S12 E4 - 1m 4s

    For 24 hours, Stevie Walker-Webb is staying in a community-built box that represents a solitary confinement cell. His inspiration is his brother Waday, who is incarcerated in solitary for 122 days and the purpose is to show the inhumanity of confining a person with mental illness.

  • What These Walls Won't Hold | A Second Chance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What These Walls Won't Hold | A Second Chance

    S12 E3 - 1m 9s

    Lonnie Morris once said "Me and my families, they really believe, you know, that I'm getting out of prison but it's really difficult for me to get out of prison. So I'm stuck in this kind of no man land of trying to be honest and truthful with them but not creating any illusions." But now the man incarcerated at California's San Quentin State Prison has a second chance on the outside.

  • What These Walls Won't Hold | Healing Power of Filmmaking: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What These Walls Won't Hold | Healing Power of Filmmaking

    S12 E3 - 22s

    They say art heals and it is what director Adamu Chan discovered when he picked up a camera while incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. Chan, who worked with others on the inside, learned filmmaking, shared his art through videos, and found a purpose that led to healing and eventually making the documentary, WHAT THESE WALLS WON'T HOLD.

Schedule

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    America ReFramed

    Como Vivimos (How We Live)

    Saturday
    Jun 15

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school each year when families are required to move out of subsidized apartments each winter and relocate miles away until the spring.
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    America ReFramed

    Como Vivimos (How We Live)

    Sunday
    Jun 16

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school each year when families are required to move out of subsidized apartments each winter and relocate miles away until the spring.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Como Vivimos (How We Live)

    Sunday
    Jun 16

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school each year when families are required to move out of subsidized apartments each winter and relocate miles away until the spring.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Como Vivimos (How We Live)

    Sunday
    Jun 16

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Hundreds of Latinx youth miss months of school each year when families are required to move out of subsidized apartments each winter and relocate miles away until the spring.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Thursday
    Jun 20

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Friday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Friday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Friday
    Jun 21

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Saturday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Jack & Yaya

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Exploring the unique relationship of Jack and Yaya, who have supported each other for 30 years.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Thursday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Thursday
    Jun 27

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.

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