On Cambridge Day: ‘CodeSwitching’ doc exploring Metco busing crosses river for a Roxbury Film Festival role


“CodeSwitching” from Cambridge’s Interlock Media uses documentary footage, theatrical sets, animation and original music to explore the Metco busing system for students of color.

Technically, the title for Jonathan Schwartz’s documentary (“CodeSwitching”) means flipping between languages or dialects when in conversation, but in this plumbing of the Metco busing program it means something more – how the faces of black Metco students bused from Boston to schools in white suburbs have to present to the communities they toggle between. The film screens June 24 as part of the 21st Roxbury International Film Festival(Wednesday through June 29).

The highlight of the Rox Film Fest – celebrating films by and about people of color –  will be “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” a documentary about the beloved author. The events take place around Boston, with “CodeSwitching” and other films showing at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. There are all kinds of works showing and from all over, including even Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” 

See the entire article as it originally appeared on Cambride Day here.