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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.

  • Year
    2007
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Ramin Bahrani
  • Screenwriter
    Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi
  • Executive Producer
    Peter Saraf
  • Cast
    Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski
  • Cinematographer
    Michael Simmonds
  • Editor
    Ramin Bahrani