Presented by ACMI in association with Sydney Film Festival and NFSA
In Jackson Heights
Frederick Wiseman celebrates the vibrant streets and bustling community life of one of New York’s most ethnically and culturally diverse neighbourhoods.
‘[The] most richly textured and sumptuously beautiful of Wiseman’s forty documentaries.
Here, in the Jackson Heights district of Queens, at least 167 languages are spoken. More recent immigrants – Latino, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, South Asian – rub shoulders with elderly residents of Jewish, Irish and Italian descent. Stores sell all manner of wares, from baby goats to saris; others offer HIV testing, Tibetan food and classes for aspiring cabbies. Hosted by the Jewish community centre, LGBTIQ activists plan the annual Pride celebrations. Impromptu concerts take place in laundromats, the music melding with the city’s hum and hiss.
Shot in 2014, the impending threat of gentrification Wiseman documented has become a reality and transformed the district – more reason to relish this dazzling snapshot.
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