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.