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In Search of Bengali Harlem

Season 12 Episode 5 | 1hr 22m 25s

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.

Aired: 05/08/24 | Expires: 05/08/25
Major funding for America ReFramed provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Funding provided by the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Extras
California farmworker housing rules force seasonal moves, upending Latinx students' education.
Alaudin Ullah opens up about growing up in Harlem as a Bengali American kid.
Alaudin Ullah talks about his love for hip hop and rejecting his roots when he was growing up.
A family acts to rectify a systemic wrong after a mentally ill loved one's incarceration.
A family acts to rectify a systemic wrong after a mentally ill loved one's incarceration.
Stevie Walker-Webb shares his hopes and fears for incarcerated people with mental illness.
Two brothers, one on the inside, share their hopes and dreams after incarceration.
For 24 hours, Stevie Walker-Webb is in "solitary confinement" to show its inhumanity.
A filmmaker chronicles his journey beyond walls after being incarcerated at San Quentin.
A filmmaker chronicles his journey beyond walls after being incarcerated at San Quentin.
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