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Fascinating New Documenatry 'Harlem USA' Makes Its U.K. & North American Premieres This Month

by Sergio
June 6, 2012 1:51 PM
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After watching the two trailers for this new documentary, Harlem USA, I was totally hooked; and I'll wager to bet you will be too.

A beautfully photograped, atmospheric look at the people and the various lives that make Harlem what it is, the film is credited to filmmaker Eric Schachter, but he rejects the title of director saying that it "was directed by the people that it is about." 

He says that the film was made for "the residents to have a voice and to let the world know just how it is between 110th St and 155th Street from the East Side to the West Side."

The film will be screened in Montreal at the Cinerobotheque on June 19 and 21st. Afterwards, it moves to London, where it will be shown at the Brixton Ritzy on June 27th.

After that, it travels across the big pond again for a showing at The Auburn Avenue Reasearch LIbrary in Atlanta Georgia on June 30th.

One hopes that further screenings will follow including, of course, Harlem itself.

Take a look at the both trailers of the film and tell me if you don't agree with me:

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  • Nicki | June 7, 2012 4:34 PMReply

    Looks very interesting. Hoping this soon comes to NYC

  • BluTopaz | June 6, 2012 9:36 PMReply

    Looks beautiful as noted, wonder what kind of camera he used. This is also what is happening where I am in Bed Stuy, you can often feel the same frustration. Where the guy in the film says "the city takes care of White people"--. I asked a Black real estate agent once, where do White people with bad credit live in NYC? He laughed and said 'wherever the hell they want. WE have to have an 900 score and they still want us to live in the projects'. A film like this is needed, but i probably won't watch the entire movie because it's a lil too close for me.

  • Ava | June 6, 2012 5:53 PMReply

    As a former resident of Harlem, I know firsthand about the impact of gentrification. I remember when other than the French and Germans, the only whites (American) that you'd see in Harlem where there either to patrol/arrest someone or to buy drugs. I remember a few years ago, I was traveling through and happened to pass by my old neighborhood and it was so much changed that I barely recognized it. I wondered how many of my old neighbors could still afford to live there.
    Strangely, I also spent some time in London and used to frequent Brixton (the market couldn't be beat for Jamaican foodstuffs that I needed to cook) and I can actually remember watching films at the Brixton Ritzy.

  • Ava | June 6, 2012 5:55 PM

    Of course, there were always pricey neighborhoods in Harlem like Striver's Row and Sugar Hill.

  • Geneva Girl | June 6, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    It's interesting that this seems to be a Canadian production. The web address uses a Canadian extention and the filmmaker's only other production was in Montreal. Curious, but good.

  • Philip | June 6, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    Very nice camera work

  • David | June 6, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    Any word on a NYC screening? Shouldn't that one have been the first?!

  • eric schachter, producer | June 7, 2012 1:35 AM

    No. Americans don't take anything seriously unless it comes from Europe. It's an ancient inverted colonial attitude. The Old World has authority. If the niggers get taken seriously in London the crackers in New York prick up their ears. Sad but true. That's why we start with london. Peace, e

  • Sergio | June 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    You would think but nothing yet. When we find out anything we'll let you know

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