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In Jackson Heights
In Jackson Heights (2015)

director: Frederick Wiseman

duration: 190 minutes
Docs Documentary

Official Selection - Global Cinema

Screening dates
Sales start at 22 Sep 13:00
Film Fest Gent - In Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. Some are citizens, some have green cards, some are without documents. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. 167 languages are spoken in Jackson Heights. Some of the issues the film raises-assimilation, integration, immigration and cultural and religious differences-are common to all the major cities of the Western world. The subject of the film is the daily life of the people in this community-their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural and social lives-and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of the countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values. This is Frederick Wiseman's third film about communities, the others being ASPEN and BELFAST, MAINE. In these films, as in all his films, he is trying to present a broad and complex portrait of contemporary life.

At age 86, America's leading documentarian Frederick Wiseman is still on top of his game with a loving and intimate portrayal of a New York neighbourhood. "A perfectly panoramic portrait of the new America - should be earning Wiseman a Pulitzer Prize. But an Oscar would be OK." (Indiewire)

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director: Frederick Wiseman
producer: Frederick Wiseman
Editor: Frederick Wiseman
Cinematography: John Davey
sound: Emmanuel Croset

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: United States of America - France
year: 2015


FREDERICK WISEMAN (1930): Titicut Follies (1967), High School (1968), Basic Training (1971), I Miss Sonia Henie (1971, short), Essene (1972), Juvenile Court (1973), Primate (1974), Welfare (1975), Meat (1976), Canal Zone (1977), Sinai Field Mission (1978), Manoeuvre (1979), Model (1980), Seraphita's Diary (1982), The Store (1983), Racetrack (1985), Multi-Handicapped (1986), Deaf (1986), Adjustment and Work (1986), Blind (1987), Missile (1988), Near Death (1989), Central Park (1990), Aspen (1991), Zoo (1993), High School II (1994), Ballet (1995), La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué (1996), Public Housing (1997), Belfast, Maine (1999), Domestic Violence (2001), Domestic Violence 2 (2002), The Last Letter (2002), The Garden (2005), State Legislature (2007), La danse (2009), Boxing Gym (2010), Crazy Horse (2011), Next to Last (Autumn 63) (2012, short), At Berkeley (2013), National Gallery (2014), In Jackson Heights (2015).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85

Other festival films by director Frederick Wiseman

2007:State legislature
1988:Adjustment and work
1983:Seraphita's diary


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