Special: WILD ETHNOGRAPHY

Foreign Parts

Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
USA, FRA 2010
80min
V'13

A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets’ new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. but FOREIGN PARTS discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drivethru customers. FOREIGN PARTS observes and captures the struggle of a contested “eminent domain” neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York’s urban ecology.

In the presence of Véréna Paravel.

Credits
  • Véréna Paravel
  • J.P. Sniadecki
  • Véréna Paravel
  • J.P. Sniadecki
  • Véréna Paravel
  • J.P. Sniadecki
VPJP Productions, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Harvard Film Study Center
Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
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