Time: September 5, 2012 from 8:30pm to 10pm
Location: Zajia Lab
Street: Hong en Taoist Temple, Doufuchi Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie
Website or Map: http://www.zajia.cc
Event Type: movie
Organized By: zajia lab
Latest Activity: Sep 5, 2012
Director in focus: J.P. Sniadecki
Series of 3 screenings
SEPTEMBER 5 "Foreign Parts"
SEPT 12 "Chai Qian"
SEPT 19 "People's Park" screening and Q&A
A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.