This is a History of New York

Jem Cohen

1988 | 00:22:36 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 | Film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, City, Experimental Film, Holiday

A history of New York City from Prehistoric times through the Space Age, composed entirely from documentary street footage.

"The richness of Cohen's vision is found in his haunting imagery and the perception that the thriving city of New York is really the accumulation of humanity's failures, as well as its triumphs."

-- Steve Seid, Seduced and Abandoned: The Homeless Video by Sachiko Hamada & Scott Sinkler and Jem Cohen (Berkeley: Pacific Film Archive, 1989)

This title is also available on Jem Cohen: Early Works.

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Prizes + Awards

"Best of Fest" and Best Experimental Film, Baltimore Film Forum, 1989

First Place in the Experimental Category, 2nd Annual New York Independent Film and Video Exposition, 1988

First Prize, Mediamix 1990 U.S. Super 8mm Festival, Rutgers College, New Jersey

Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Festival, 2000

VideoEx (Zurich, Switzerland), 2003


FLEX Fest (Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival), 2005