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USA, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Our Space)

Director: Véréna Paravel, J. P. Sniadecki


"Gentrification, economic inequality, class conflict, and the rusty reality of the American Dream." - Village Voice

Willets Point is an almost forgotten industrial corner of Queens, tucked behind the New York Mets' shiny and commercialised Citi Field Stadium. Here a multicultural array of workers and scavengers live off the wreckage of America's cars, under the shadow of a $3 billion urban re-development plan which threatens their way of life.

Filmmakers Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki offer up an affecting profile of the unconventional community living in and living off the wreckage-strewn landscape, finding surprising beauty in the vista of junkyards and auto repair shops.

Winner of the Best First Feature award at the Locarno film festival, this poignant ethnological documentary takes us into a fascinating, vanishing subculture.

D/P Véréna Paravel, J. P. Sniadecki L English, Hebrew, Spanish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2010

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