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In Jackson Heights

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
2015
USA
190 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Wiseman’s celebration of one of New York’s most ethnically and culturally diverse neighbourhoods directly plunges into its vibrant streets and bustling community life.
Here, in the Jackson Heights district of Queens, at least 167 languages are spoken. Recent immigrants – mostly Latin American and 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, LGBTQIA+ 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 hovering threat of gentrification Wiseman documented has become a reality and transformed the district. All the more reason to relish this dazzling snapshot.

Complement your in-cinema viewing of It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman with a Wiseman Masterclass, hosted for a limited time on ACMI’s online platform, Cinema 3.
[The] most richly textured and sumptuously beautiful of Wiseman’s forty [to date] documentaries.
Jay Neugeboren, New York Review of Books
Shot […] with an editing technique that lands you in each scene like you just jumped off an E train from JFK…
John Anderson, Indiewire

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Sun 10 Jul
12:30pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Wiseman Retrospective
Year
2015
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA
Language
In English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi with English subtitles
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Producer
Frederick Wiseman
Cinematographer
John Davey
Editor
Frederick Wiseman
Genre
Documentary, Cinephile, Politics & Economics, Retrospective
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Zipporah Films, Inc.
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