HUDSON – Being a community-facing organization, Hudson Hall was the appropriate scene for the premier of a documentary film that followed the lives of six young Hudson High School graduates who are first generation immigrants from Bangladesh. “Hudson, America” (2022, 101 mins) was billed as a coming of age feature documentary about these Gen-Z Bangladeshi students as they prepared to graduate and move into their lives as independent adults during the uniquely challenging years from 2016 to 2022. It was directed by the team of multimedia artist Zuzka Kurtz and producer, director and editor Geoffrey Hug. It played for a sold-out audience on Saturday afternoon, February 4.
The film is divided into years from 2016 when most of the students were still in high school, and checks in with them in the subsequent years as they go off to college, get jobs and develop relationships. It was originally planned to cover 4 years of the students’ lives, but restrictions caused by the pandemic compelled the filmmakers to add two more years to the production schedule.
The world premier for the film was as part of the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Festival on August 17. The film made its New York City premier on November 17 at the Big Apple Film Festival. It has also aired on PBS and Amazon Prime.
The primary participants are Jahed Miah who was born in Queens and moved with his family to Hudson when he was 2 years old, Mahmuda Alam who was born in Hudson, Siddique Ahmed who was born in Bangladesh and came to Hudson when he was 5, and Hudson residents Ramisa Tasnim, Farzana Akhter, and Jabin Ahmed who has lived in Hudson most of her life. Read more…