Monthly Archives : April 2013

Rolando Sevina-Bustamante, 33, was born in Washington, D.C., the first native-born American in an immigrant family. He watched his Martiniquian father and Nicaraguan mother uproot themselves and start a new life in a new land. The success of his parents, despite many obstacles, motivates Sevina-Bustamante to win!

Lauren M. Williams
Assistant Producer


The Washington metropolitan area has one of the largest Indian communities in America. But as the group tries to spread its classical dance beyond its own population, artists have to overcome their own naivete and struggle to educate the general public about their creative traditions.

TJ Gioconda
Executive Producer

One of the largest U.S. populations of immigrants from Sierra Leone is in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Now that the civil war that drove many of them from their homeland is finally over, some are planning to return. Others have find a way to keep their culture and heritage alive in a new world.

Washington is peppered with assimilated and educated younger professionals who spent at least part of their childhoods in the Former Soviet Union. These people often have different first languages, but share a common upbringing of pop culture, schooling and Russian language.