Our Cameras, Our Stories Series Descriptions


October 2, 2014


Our Cameras, Our Stories is a six-part documentary series of original films that aired on WNET-TV Channel 13 in October 2014. The films were created by DCTV's talented youth in PRO-TV covering issues ranging from teenage homelessness, to coping with a crippling illness, to the difficult life of a young immigrant. The stories were personal and intimate, told with an artistry and honesty that is truly remarkable.

Our Cameras, Our Stories features 21 films and reached a viewing public of 20 million people.

Our Cameras, Our Stories Trailer from DCTV on Vimeo.


COMING OF AGE --- Young New York filmmakers and their struggles

When Life Hands You Lemons, by Jasmine Barclay, at age 17, Jasmine is homeless but despite coming from a broken family and having to handle the responsibilities of adulthood at a young age, she finds strength in her favorite pastimes -filmmaking, basketball, and writing letters to her incarcerated father.

My American Life, by Mohammed Yakub, Mohammed a Bengali American struggles with the conflict of living a life his parents can be proud of - a life of Islam, a life that he wants to lead with friends, and the life of American teenager.

The Skin I'm In, by Natalie Setoute, Natalie, 17 copes with her Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She balances the pain of her illness, her family's desire for her to follow a traditional career path, and her own ambitions of being a filmmaker.


Lifeline, by Alyssa Dyal, with each passing year, Alyssa blossoms into a young woman. Her self-confidence and faith are tested, however, as her family and peers fall to accept her as she is.

Makeup is Magical, by Zion Rivera, an aspiring makeup artist returns home to attend a makeup convention and visit his family, only to be reminded why the fantasy and escape that theatrical makeup provides are so important to him.

My Normal Family Life, by Jonathan Cheng, Jonathan Cheng's normal family life is disrupted when his brother goes off to college, and he is left to confront his mother's worsening dementia

Woah!, by Kelvin Rodriguez, in this animated short, Kelvin imaginatively illustrates his life at home and school. As we follow his cartoon alter ego through trials and successes, we get a better sense of Kelvin's talents, his sense of humor, and the man he hopes to be.

YOUNG MEN OF COLOR --- Young men of color tell their stories about life in NY.

Dependent, by Richard Memminger, This film is a reflection on the unexpected death of the filmmaker’s mother to cancer, the incarceration of his father, and how his family addiction to drugs has impacted his life. Memminger comes to realize the only person he can rely on is himself.

Cyber Car, New York Teens hit the road and go to New York’s most dangerous neighborhoods to fight against gun violence.

El Mariachi Infante, by Rosalino Ramos, In this humorous portrait of the Ramos family we see the youth members of the clan being indoctrinated (some what forcibly) into the family business – a Mariachi Band

YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOR --- Young women of color tell their stories about life in NY.

Where is He? By Emily Lu, Emily struggles with her shyness and the desire find a perfect boyfriend.

Memoirs of a Superwoman, by Khadija Charles, The filmmaker documents her unexpected teenage pregnancy and how it will affect her college life and her future.

Day by Day, by Troi Hall, A junior high school's year-end production of Godspell is also the final production for its director, a passionate teacher whose school and world is collapsing around her.

HOW OTHERS SEE US – Teens view themselves though the lens of others.

Reflections of Thailand, by Sandra Appiah, Sandra Appiah was a sixteen year old student from the Bronx when she traveled to Thailand to explore the lives of Thai teenagers, their families, Buddhist monks, farmers, and the death and destruction caused by the tsunami of 2004.

Evolution, by Kira Britt, Kira captures helps her personal struggle with weight and body image and the definition of what is beautiful.

OUR SPECIAL WORLD --- Short narrative films by NY’s best high school filmmakers.

Distracted, by Miles Warren, Everyone wants to escape their harsh reality but this young man discovers that he cannot abandon his problem…. They follow him wherever he goes.

Where Nightmares Lie, by Carmelo Varela, A boy comes across a dreamcather and fantasizes about the nightmares contained inside.

Do Unto Others, by Jesse Cortez, A thief has been having a bad day! His first victim only yields a couple dollars. The next robbery goes bad when the victim decides to fight back.

My New York, by Derek Horton, is about a young girl who is uninspired about writing a class presentation about New York City until she finds a pair of magical glasses that help her see her hometown in a new way.

Through The Viewfinder, by Jonathan Cheng, Sixteen- year-old Justin Tsai is hanging out and doing his own thing, while his sister tries desperately to call him to say that his grandfather has died. He is asked to spend some time with his grieving grandmother. While at her home, he finds an old camera that belonged to his grandfather’s. He looks through the viewfinder to discover his grandfather’s hidden past.