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For his acclaimed follow-up to Man Push Cart, Ramin Bahrani once again turned his camera on a slice of New York City rarely seen on-screen: Willets Point, Queens, an industrial sliver of automotive-repair shops that remains perpetually at risk of being redeveloped off the map. It’s within this precarious ecosystem that twelve-year-old Ale (Alejandro Polanco) must grow up fast, hustling in the neighborhood chop shops to build a more stable life for himself and his sister (Isamar Gonzales) even as their tenuous circumstances force each to compete with other struggling people and make desperate decisions. A deeply human story of a fierce but fragile sibling bond being tested by hardscrabble reality, Chop Shop tempers its sobering authenticity with flights of lyricism and hope.
FILM INFO
  • Ramin Bahrani
  • United States
  • 2007
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #1067
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • High-definition digital master, supervised and approved by director Ramin Bahrani, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring Bahrani, director of photography Michael Simmonds, and actor Alejandro Polanco
  • New program featuring a conversation among Bahrani, Polanco, actor Ahmad Razvi, and assistant director Nicholas Elliott about the making of the film
  • New conversation between Bahrani and writer and scholar Suketu Mehta on the immigrant experience in New York City and on film
  • Rehearsal footage from 2006 featuring Polanco and actors Isamar Gonzales and Carlos Zapata
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

    New cover by La Moutique

    February 23, 2021
 

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