Director: Ramin Bahrani Run Time: 84 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2008
Starring: Ahmad Razvi, Alejandro Polanco, Carlos Zapata, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski
For his acclaimed follow-up to Man Push Cart, Ramin Bahrani once again turned his camera on a slice of New York City rarely seen on-screen: Willets Point, Queens, an industrial sliver of automotive-repair shops that remains perpetually at risk of being redeveloped off the map. It’s within this precarious ecosystem that twelve-year-old Ale (Polanco) must grow up fast, hustling in the neighborhood chop shops to build a more stable life for himself and his sister (Gonzales). A deeply human story of a fierce but fragile sibling bond being tested by hardscrabble reality, CHOP SHOP tempers its sobering authenticity with flights of lyricism and hope. – Janus Films
“A sharp mixture of neorealist grit and lyricism.” – Chicago Tribune
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