Jackson Heights, Queens is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the US where 167 languages are spoken. IN JACKSON HEIGHTS explores the conflict between maintaining ties to old traditions and adapting to American values.
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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. ...Written by
Be forewarned--ordinary mortals will be completely bored
Be sure you know what you're getting into before you commit yourself to watching this dog of a movie. Maybe you're such a lover of Jackson Heights that anything about the place will do for you. If that describes you, then good, this will please you--it gives you anything (and everything) about the place, a random assortment of little scenes, 3 hours in total, of ordinary people doing this and that in the neighbourhood. But if an endless series of daily scenes- -a routine sermon in a mosque, an inconsequential community meeting, etc.-- doesn't sound fascinating to you, then spend your time and money somewhere else.
I came to this movie because of a NY Times piece on "The Best 25 Movies of the 21st Century So far." Well, so far, of the 4-5 I've seen, they're all a waste of time, the usual film school stuff that sniffy reviewers love to love in order to display their ineffably superior taste, pretending not to notice, or maybe reveling in, the formlessness, pointlessness, dreariness, boringness.
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