Mott Haven Home Movies:

South Bronx Cribs

Collectively, the videos are a complex tapestry of life in the South Bronx.
— Director

Mott Haven Home Movies

South Bronx Cribs

Project Director: Lucia della Paolera


  • BronxArtSpace (June 8, 2016) 

  • Bronx Music Heritage Center (June 24, 2016

  • ID Studio (July 20, 2016)

Mott Haven Home Movies: South Bronx Cribs is a project that invites South Bronx residents of all ages and backgrounds to make short videos using their homes and neighborhood as material.

From September 2016 to May 2017, 10 people, ages 17-71 of diverse backgrounds in the South Bronx (many first and second generation immigrants) learned to shoot, direct and edit short documentaries based on the show “MTV Cribs.”

The project asked: what is home in the South Bronx? 

What emerged were a diverse set of short documentaries that explored the literal, psychological, interpersonal and political furniture the filmmakers and their subjects live with everyday.

Themes range from the deeply personal to the unapologetically political– as the films explore some of the most pressing issues people in the neighborhood live with: complex family histories, the urban and natural environment, personal and collective ambition, music and dance traditions, immigration, housing, and the justice system.

Collectively, the videos are a complex tapestry of life in the South Bronx.

Collaborating Artists / Instructors: Fany de la Chica, Giacomo Francia, Alejandro Jaramillo, Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Mai Nolasco, Harri Indio Ramkishun, Christian Rivera, Daniel Santiago, Nicolas Vasquez y Danielle Jackson


     305 E 140th St, Bronx, NY 10454

    If you are a South Bronx resident and would like to participate in the project and shoot your own short documentary, please contact Lucia: