Good doc! I couldn't help but think about Brazil and the everlasting gentrification of peripheral areas, places that could be developed into something better, but the easy (for whom?) way out keeps rolling: just make a deal with the "big people" who will continue to concentrate capital. We see it in Brazil. It was done for the World Cup, it's been happening for the Olympics. It's not hidden, it's just overlooked...
One of two films made at this fertile neighborhood in the gutter behind a major league baseball stadium, Shea Stadium in New York City. This is a documentary, the other is a drama, CHOP SHOP. The disparity between rich and poor in America is increasing dramatically, and Willets Point, where these were filmed, is a barometer at the bottom end.
Stemmig en eerlijk beeld van een bedrijvige 'wijk' in New York. De onderkant van de samenleving peutert hier een bestaan uit de slijtage van de auto's waar de rest van de samenleving in rond rijdt. Stemmig in de zin van: confronterend om te zien hoe mensen zich rot moeten werken in de schaduw van een schijnbare luxe (auto's). Eerlijk: werk is werk, ook als dat het ondankbare hergebruik van mechanische onderdelen is.
Locarno first feature winner marked the arrival of directors Paravel and Sniadecki as well as the Harvard Ethnography Lab which has since released strong features like 'Leviathan'. The film captures the demise of a neighbourhood; this one being a Queens junkyard right behind Citi Field marked for re-gentrification. Though guilty of some participants mugging for the camera the film does well capture its purpose.
Here we have a character study on a tiny little pocket in Queens about to be taken out by gentrification. What makes this one interesting is that it ditches the narrative and any kind of arguing-the-point instead just focusing on the people who struggle to scratch out an existence every day. Great work that's captivating, refreshing in it's approach and honest. 4 stars