Anyone who appreciates ethnicities, cultures, and subcultures, never gets tired of seeing how people live, what they do, the challenges they face, and the things that make them happy.
Whether in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, or San Francisco, diverse and multi-ethnic neighborhoods have a wealth of cultural information, and the lives of many of those who reside in such colorful neighborhoods are worth many books.
With his “In Jackson Heights,” a documentary of a New York district where people from many different background and beliefs systems gather, confront and go on, director Frederick Wiseman presents life as real as it can be: fun, scary, boring, shocking, and amazing. What I appreciated the most while watching it, is the inclusion of Muslim practices, active senior citizens, the LGBT community in their constant struggles, and the use of the Spanish-language when appropriate. Music was interesting too and so the corner snapshots.
In Jackson Heights opens Friday, December 18 at Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission Theatre in San Francisco, and at Rialto Cinemas Elmood in Berkeley.
Recommended for those who love multiculturalism, or want to learn more about it. Not so recommended for those who are superficial or those who buy expensive purses. Some yuppies are okay, though.
Content by Lupita Peimbert.