Salem, Mass. — On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, the Peabody Essex Museum hosts the premiere of Old Places, New Faces: Immigrant Experiences Shaping Boston’s North Shore – the latest film project by PEM interns participating in the unique Museum Action Corps (MAC) Program. The film is an oral history of North Shore immigrant communities and examines the impact of immigrants in some of the region’s more diverse cities, including Lynn, Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Danvers, and Gloucester. Created by area high school and college students, the film offers a compelling look into the experience of North Shore residents touched by the issues of immigration.

“The creativity of these young filmmakers was just astounding,” said Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Manager of the MAC program. “Old Places, New Faces is the result of great dedication on their part. It is an honor for PEM to premiere this incredible work.”

After its premiere at the Peabody Essex Museum on Jan. 26, Old Places, New Faces will be available at no charge to schools and communities interested in viewing the film.

The team responsible for creating Old Places, New Faces includes: Sokleang Keo (senior, Lynn Classical High School), Janelle Louis (junior, Beverly High School), Melissa Miranda (sophomore, Salem State College), Geraldy Olea (junior, Salem High School), and Martin Ozoria-Polanco (junior, Salem High School).

Old Places, New Faces is the second film created by the MAC interns at the Peabody Essex Museum, and the first oral history project. The previous film, What’s the Point?, examined “The Point” neighborhood of Salem, MA, its immigrant history and current standing within the city at large. What’s the Point? was honored by the 2004 Roxbury Film Festival, recognizing films and documentaries with a focus on minorities and diversity.

The film will be screened in the Morse Auditorium.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Ludcke Foundation. The Museum Action Corps is funded by Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO), administrated by United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement.

About Museum Action Corps (MAC)

Each year, the MAC program at the Peabody Essex Museum serves between 60 and 70 interns from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Moving beyond traditional models of work-based internships designed to develop job skills, interns in the MAC program also explore issues of leadership, creativity and responsible citizenry. As an institution whose mission it is to facilitate an understanding of and appreciation for world art and cultures, PEM is uniquely poised to help young people from diverse backgrounds make connections between themselves and the broader world.


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