Documentaries

The Nine

Katy Grannan
USA 2016
98min
V'16

THE NINE is an intimate and unflinching portrait of a ravaged community living on Modesto’s South Ninth Street – “The Nine” – a barren, forgotten street in California’s Great Central Valley (the setting for THE GRAPES OF WRATH and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother during the Great Depression). The film focuses on Kiki, an effervescent and childlike drifter, whose only means of escape is through her imagination, and whose precarious sense of self-worth hinges on the making of the film. THE NINE never sensationalizes – rather, it is a quiet elegy to Kiki and others living on “The Nine”, each of whom clings to the possibility of an alternate life. Through Kiki’s brave vulnerability, keen observations of lost childhood, and the fundamental need for connection, the distance between ourselves and the “the other” is erased.
“I don’t want it to be that familiar story of blight and heroism or blight and pity. It’s like going into purgatory and trying to find something shining, almost holy.” (Katy Grannan)

Credits
  • Katy Grannan
  • Gus Koven
  • Katy Grannan
  • Stephen Berger
  • Eli Olson
  • Katy Grannan
  • Steven Emerson
  • Kiki
  • Tony
  • Robert
  • April
  • Nana
  • Sapo
  • Wanda
  • Ginger
  • Lester
  • Tassie
  • Inessa
  • Jorden
  • Chastity
  • Auntie
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