Scene from the film 5 Lessons & 9 Questions about Chinatown
Scene from the film 5 Lessons & 9 Questions about Chinatown
Scene from the film 5 Lessons & 9 Questions about Chinatown
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5 Lessons & 9 Questions about Chinatown

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You live somewhere, walk down the same street 50, 100, 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen.

A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself 'what used to be there?' You are only vaguely aware of the district's shifting patterns and the sense that, since the 19th century, wave after wave of inhabitants have moved through and transformed these alleyways, tenements, stoops and shops.

10 square blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 9 questions, 5 lessons, Chinatown


  • Original Title
    5 Lessons & 9 Questions about Chinatown
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Shelly Silver
  • Editing
    Shelly Silver
  • Sound
    Ian Stynes
  • Runtime
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale
    • Norwegian Short Film Festival
    • Flexfest, Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival
    • Parnu International Film Festival
    • Sarajevo Film Festival
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
    • Kunstfilmtag, Duesseldorf
    • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
    • MiradasDoc, Canary Islands, Spain
    • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • Fotograf Festival, Prague, Czech Republic is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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