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In Jackson Heights

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
United States, 2015


In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, live many immigrants coming from South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The movie, shot in eight weeks in the summer of 2014, follows the lives of Jackson Heights people.

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In Jackson Heights Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Particularly prescient in the shadow of last month’s embattled primary in New York is Wiseman’s latest masterpiece, In Jackson Heights… In light of Wiseman’s recent work and the three-ring circus of the election, In Jackson Heights’ breadth, accommodation and centerlessness—its democratic sprawl—feels even more essential.
May 09, 2016
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[Wiseman has] documented New York City more than any other place, and while he’s recently been fair-minded to an almost bothersome degree, IN JACKSON HEIGHTS takes a hard stance against that which threatens the beloved neighborhood. It ends with fireworks, celebrating those seeking freedom and condemning those who limit it.
April 15, 2016
We expect a documentary about the neighborhood to “celebrate racial diversity” or, if we have a little more awareness, to lament the inevitable approach of rich white gentrifiers. In Jackson Heights does both of these things but transcends all sentimentalism and exoticizing. In fact, Wiseman uses Jackson Heights to ask a more familiar, if more ambitious, question: what does it mean to live in an American neighborhood?
March 27, 2016
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