DATELINE (September 4, 2013) – WORLD Channel’s exclusive, independent film showcase America ReFramed kicks off its second season with a special presentation of Building Babel on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 (check local listings). Building Babel follows a year in the life of Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," a Muslim-led community center two blocks from the World Trade Center. With unlimited access to his home and office, the film paints a portrait of a Muslim-American businessman up against impossible odds.
"Building Babel provides a portrait of American identity ten years on from September 11th,” says filmaker David Osit. “Who are Muslims, and who are Americans? Where does the line get drawn, and who gets to draw it?"
Now airing on Tuesdays, America ReFramed tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity through the lens of independent films. In these weekly 60- or 90-minute independent films, hosted by Natasha Del Toro, the series takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes. Each new episode examines the film and its subject matter using a roundtable discussion moderated by the host and featuring an array of guest commentators, including award-winning documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch.
“America ReFramed continues to showcase films that will give viewers a “snapshot” of the transforming American life -the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America,” says WORLD executive producer Chris Hastings. “We are excited to be able to continue into a new season, sharing more independent stories from a range of emerging makers and beyond.”
Tune in to the second season premiere of America ReFramed Tuesday, September 10, 2013, on WORLD Channel.
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About Natasha Del Toro
Natasha Del Toro, an independent documentary producer and journalist, will bring these films to viewers each week, leveraging her journalistic background with filmmaker interviews and bringing her interpretations to the films with independent commentary. Del Toro has produced videos for public television's WORLDchannel.org, The Daily, TIME.com, and PBS' FRONTLINE World, covering a range of topics, including the environment, immigration and politics. She has been honored at the New York Press Club for her achievements. Born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in North Carolina, she feels she's a healthy mix of Hispanic and Southern, which proves to be beneficial when reporting on different backgrounds and covering the growing population of Hispanics in the United States. She brings an urban, young and energetic voice to the series, weaving the diverse stories together with her journalistic approach.
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