La Ciudad (The City)
With filmmaker David Riker in person
Dir. David Riker. 1998, 88 mins. DCP. Shot in gritty, neo-realist black and white, La Ciudad tells stories of loss, love, frustration, and hope as Latin American immigrants who have recently arrived in New York City struggle to build their lives, their communities, and their dreams. For his debut film, shot largely in Queens, David Riker spent five years researching the subject and hired non-professional actors to capture the “impoverished authenticity of life on the streets.” His sensitive portrayals urge us to take a closer look at today’s immigrants, who are not so different from many of our ancestors when they first arrived from a foreign land. Roger Ebert described the film as “a movie to treasure…reminiscent of The Bicycle Thief.”
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