CUNY TV logo


This edition: Rising Up: the Alams

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 17, 2016.

First aired: November 17, 2016.

In this documentary, we meet the Alams, a Bangladeshi family living in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Mohammed Alam, the father to two young U.S.-born daughters, is one of 13,000 immigrants facing deportation as a consequence of Special Registration, a post-9/11 policy which targeted nationals of Muslim countries. But the Alams are not just victims. Learn how they fight back as members of South Asian community organization DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving. (11 minutes)

The film, directed by Konrad Aderer and produced by Third World Newsreel, is accompanied by an interview to Mr. Aderer. He talks about his most recent production “Resistance at Tule Lake,” a documentary about a Japanese-American filmmaker confronting startling echoes of his own family's World War II internment at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, as he joins the fight to free a Homeland Security detainee.

Guest List

Konrad Aderer Director, “Rising Up: the Alams”

Related Websites

Web Extras

Interview with Konrad Aderer

Conversation with filmmaker Konrad Aderer about his documentaries and immigrant rights.