5 lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown

Shelly Silver

2009 | 00:09:54 | United States | None | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Asian-American, Blu-ray, Environment

You live somewhere, walk down the same street 50, 100, 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen. A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself "what used to be there?"  You are only vaguely aware of the district's shifting patterns and the sense that, since the 19th Century, wave after wave of inhabitants have moved through and transformed these alleyways, tenements, stoops and shops.

10 square blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 9 questions, 5 lessons, Chinatown.

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Prizes + Awards

Prix de la Ville Clermont Ferrand, Videoformes, France 2011

Best Experimental Video, Dallas Video Fest 2010

Dialogpreis, European Media Arts Festival, March 2010


Berlin International Film Festival

Exhibitions + Festivals

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2011

Women Make Waves Film Festival, 2011

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France, 2010


Clermont-Ferrand (France), 2010