October 13th – Interview with Vivek Bald (filmmaker) and special Diwali Episode!

In Show Posts on October 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Tune in to a special Diwali episode of NaanSense Radio  for an interview with documentary filmmaker Vivek Bald!

Vivek Bald is a documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on more recent histories of the South Asian diaspora: Taxi-vala/Auto-biography (1994) explores the lives, struggles and political activism of South Asian immigrant taxi drivers in New York City and Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music (2003) looks at South Asian youth, music and politics in 1970s-90s Britain.  His dissertation project, which he is also producing as a film, documents the little-known history of South Asian Muslim maritime workers who jumped ship from British vessels in U.S. port cities from the 1890s-1940s, and focuses particularly on a group men from the region which is now Bangladesh who settled in Harlem in the 1920s and 30s and intermarried within the Puerto Rican and African American communities there.


  • Overview of early South Asian maritime desertion, settlement, and intermarriage in New Orleans and New York: “Overlapping Diasporas, Multiracial Lives: South Asian Muslims in U.S. Communities of Color” by Vivek Bald, in the recently published book, Black Routes to Islam, edited by Manning Marable & Hishaam Aidi

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