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ARTS AND CULTURE FROM MEXICO TO INDIA, SHOWS THAT TRANSPORT YOU The Huxtables were a tightknit, nuclear, financiall­y comfortabl­e family “and for a lot of people, that wasn’t real,” she says. “I didn’t grow up in an affluent family, but I thought there were ways in which the show was reflective of my family and seemed real to me. There were ways it wasn’t real to me,” but she and her family watched the sitcom every week. Three new offerings open a window onto vibrant cultures and off-the-beaten-path destinatio­ns. From a singer’s tour of a region of Mexico, to matrimony in India, to a food trip through multiple countries, these programs will enrich your appreciati­on for the complexiti­es and beauty of our world. New content on the way The hourlong documentar­y “Linda and the Mockingbir­ds,” streaming on Amazon Prime Video, travels with singer Linda Ronstadt and Los Cenzontles ( The Mockingbir­ds) back to the Sonora region of Mexico, where she performed decades earlier and her grandfathe­r hailed from. She, along with Jackson Browne, talks to the founders and young performers about the importance of traditiona­l dance and music – the glue that keeps communitie­s and families together. This joyful and thoughtful trip is punctuated with colorful costumes, clips of Ronstadt’s previous shows in Mexico, and meaningful interviews with the young musicians and their teachers. Ronstadt, who no longer sings, instead uses her voice to speak out against immigratio­n policies. (Unrated) Newer programs are perhaps taking into account a broader range of experience­s – and a desire for authentici­ty. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is also slated for a remake. Adapted from the sitcom, the drama “Bel-Air” is expected to arrive on NBCUnivers­al’s Peacock streaming platform in 2021. Original star Will Smith will be an executive producer. The “One Day at a Time” reboot, which Ms. Kellett says is largely based on her Cuban American family, recently moved from Netflix to Pop TV. Besides her work on that show, she also now has a production deal with Amazon to create new programmin­g. Her goal: to feature cultural representa­tion that is less stereotypi­cal. Still fresh in her mind are the roles, like sister or girlfriend of gang members, she was offered after earning a master’s degree in theater from the University of London. She’s celebratin­g that all the shows (a drama, a comedy, and two animated programs) will have lead characters that are Latino, and that she was able to get them all approved so easily. “No begging required,” she jokes. TAHA AHMAD/BBC/LOOKOUT POINT WHOM WILL SHE CHOOSE? Tanya Maniktala stars as independen­t-minded Lata Mehra in “A Suitable Boy,” based on Vikram Seth’s novel. ON TELEVISION BY ROCHELLE O’GORMAN at the center. Vibrant and energetic in parts, slower and more contemplat­ive in others, it follows four families from the late 1940s through the early 1950s, a time of intense change in India. Mira Nair deftly directed five of the six episodes, but the too-short format results in a disjointed distillati­on. The series likely needed at least six more installmen­ts. Still, it’s an impressive venture for what we do see: a changing world, a clash of cultures within borders, women starting to find their own voices – and introducti­ons to customs, traditiona­l lifestyles, and characters that win us over. (Unrated, but recommende­d for mature audiences) “A Suitable Boy,” on Acorn TV, decants Vikram Seth’s 1,349-page novel down to a six-hour miniseries with Indian matchmakin­g r If you enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s food and travel programs, you’ll enjoy “Eater’s Guide to the World,” now streaming on Hulu. The series includes mouthwater­ing dishes, sometimes outré characters, and lots of travel. Just don’t expect it to break much new ground. In a world upended by the coronaviru­s, we only hear our narrator, Maya Rudolph, and the lack of interactio­n between the host and those making the food comes off a bit stilted. Still, the cuisine and places are surprising, including ingredient­s even devout foodies should find intriguing. It’s a little goofy and sometimes a bit off-color, but the destinatio­ns, from Casablanca to Costa Rica, and Atlanta to Portland, give armchair travelers an array of options for their bucket lists. (Unrated, but includes some profanity) Rochelle O’Gorman reviews everything from audiobooks to TV shows. She lives in the hayloft of a barn with her adopted family – daughter, parrot, and pup. r CHICAGO STORY FILM LLC “CITY SO REAL”: In the multipart documentar­y, which debuted in 2020, former mayoral candidate Amara Enyia holds a press conference featuring Chance the Rapper and Kanye West in Chicago. THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | DECEMBER 7, 2020 37 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW