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Indocumentales-En el Séptimo día/On The Seventh Day
November 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (CLACS), Cinema Tropical, and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations / What Moves You?, are proud to announce the official re-launch of INDOCUMENTALES – a film and conversation series committed to exploring the multiplicity of Latin American migrant experiences in our country through compassionate representation and critical dialogue.
INDOCUMENTALES began in May of 2010 as Indocumentales: the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series with screenings and panel discussions at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and other venues throughout the five boroughs including the Americas Society and Cervantes Institute in Midtown Manhattan, the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, the Casita Maria Center for the Arts in the Bronx, the Beacon Center for the Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the Queens Museum in Corona, New York. It since traveled across the U.S., as well as to Mexico and Canada, engaging diverse communities in reflecting on their relationship to the questions posed in the films.
For the fall of 2018 re-launch, INDOCUMENTALES is returning to its origins in New York City with two films that focus on immigrant experiences in this city. We are proud to present David Riker’s critically-acclaimed film La Ciudad (1998) followed by Jim McKay’s most recent feature En El Séptimo Día (2018). Twenty years between their releases, the films nevertheless employ similar narrative structures and production models: both are filmed on location in New York, in Spanish, with majority non-professional actors. Moreover, both films, through contrasting but complimentary styles, speak to the struggle of newly-arrived Latin American migrants for survival, respect, and meaning in unfamiliar territories.
The series is free and open to the public. All screenings are followed by panel discussions meant to bring together filmmakers, scholars, activists, policy makers, and community representatives concerned with the fortification of immigrant rights.
EN EL SEPTIMO DIA (Jim McKay, USA, 2018, 92 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
En el Séptimo Día is a fiction feature following a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team’s captain – young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn’t work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed. Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En el Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive, and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges, and small triumphs of its characters.
About the Director:
Jim McKay (Writer/Director/Producer) is a filmmaker and co-founder, along with Michael Stipe, of C-Hundred Film Corp. He has produced and directed a feature-length documentary, Lighthearted Nation; a feature-length concert film, R.E.M.’s Tourfilm; numerous music videos and an award-winning series of public service announcements called Direct Effect. In 1995, McKay co-wrote, directed and co-produced Girls Town, which received the Filmmakers Trophy and a Special Jury Prize for Collaboration at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in 1996 in the U.S. by October Films. His second feature as a director was Our Song (1999), which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, played at New Directors/New Films in 2000, and was distributed theatrically in the U.S. by IFC Films. McKay’s third feature, Everyday People (2004), was selected as the Opening Night Film of New Directors/New Films 2004 and played at festivals around the U.S. before showing on HBO. His fourth feature, Angel Rodriguez, co-written with Hannah Weyer, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005, had its U.S. premiere at MoMA and showed on HBO in fall 2006. McKay was a co-writer of Nelson George’s Golden Globe Award-winning HBO Film Life Support, starring Queen Latifah. McKay has directed numerous tv shows, including The Wire, Big Love, Treme, In Treatment, Mr. Robot, The Americans, The Good Wife, Boss, Breaking Bad, Rectify, Power, BrainDead and Law and Order. McKay served as a producer on American Movie (Chris Smith), The Sleepy Time Gal (Christopher Munch), Spring Forward (Tom Gilroy), Stranger Inside (Cheryl Dunye), La Boda and Escuela (Hannah Weyer), Brother to Brother (Rodney Evans), Room and Fourplay (Kyle Henry), Memorial Day (Josh Fox) and Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero). McKay was a Rockefeller Fellow in 2003 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2004. In 2005, he was a recipient of the Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award.x