The Newest Americans Project
March 31 – April 3, 2016
14th Annual Garden State Film Festival
Atlantic City, New Jersey
“We Came and Stayed” and “Notes for my Homeland,” two short documentary films created by The Newest Americans Project, will be screened at the 14th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey from March 31 to April 3, 2016.
The Newest Americans is a three-year longitudinal study at Rutgers University–Newark that will document the lives and communities of students at the university. It is a collaborative effort involving VII, Rutger’s Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC) and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.
The project, spearheaded by Tim Raphael, director of CMGC, focuses on immigrant experiences in New Jersey with Newark as the hub where these different stories converge. “We’re starting off this year with five stories that we’re going to follow. And the idea is that by focusing on our students and letting them take us into their communities and tell the stories of those communities, we’re able to take advantage of the fact that we are the most diverse campus in the United States with access to stories that you can’t find anywhere else,” he states.