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The Hudson Project

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As major shifts began to rattle the political landscape in 2016, filmmakers Zuzka Kurtz and Geoffrey Hug began documenting a group of first-generation Bangladeshi students as they graduate high school and enter college, branching out to universities around the northeast. Since its inception, this film has become a significant diary of events as experienced by six Muslim teenagers and their upstate NY community. The film addresses their struggles with xenophobia, arranged marriage, hijab, young love, the pressures involved with leaving their community, and the divisive politics of the years 2016 - 2020.

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“For it is often the way we look at other people that imprisons them within their own narrowest allegiances. And it is also the way we look at them that may set them free”
Amin Maalouf  "In the Name of Identity"

 

THE FILMMAKERS:

 

Zuzka Kurtz - Producer/Director - Czech born multi-media artist and filmmaker residing in NYC.  Wrote and directed the Off Broadway dance and puppetry performance "My Inner Sole", 2010.  Wrote and directed a collection of nine short films "7 Ways 2 Skin A Cat", 2013, screened at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.  Her first short documentary “Blade #1”, shot in Brooklyn NY & produced in collaboration with Geoffrey Hug, was awarded Best Short Documentary at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, NYLA International Film Festival, Spotlight Film Awards, & Atlanta DocuFest, and screened internationally at a variety of film festivals and PBS. Produced and directed mini shorts "Eat Something" and "The Seamstress", 2015, both winners of Best shorts in Milan and Rome Int’l Film Festivals and "Multi Species Family", 2016.

Geoffrey Hug - Producer/Director of Photography/Editor - Born in Alabama, Geoffrey Hug founded the Brooklyn-based production company, Oscillating Pictures in 2010.  Since then, the company has worked on a variety of documentary and fine-arts projects including the award-winning short films, “Blade #1”, “7 Ways to Skin a Cat” (both with director Zuzka Kurtz), the feature documentary “Not a Feather, But a Dot”, as well as various projects for the BBC, PBS, Paul McCartney, and Sotheby’s.  In addition to the upcoming documentary “The Hudson Project”, Geoffrey is working in collaboration with David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label on a documentary profiling the life and, at age 65, the first world tour of low-fi soul artist, Doug Hream Blunt.  

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