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 Shoptempers its sobering authenticity with flights of lyricism and hope.
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, Razvi, and actors Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, and Carlos Zapata
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing