Immigrant residents of a "shift-bed" apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafes, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy, and urban life. Premiere: Museum of Modern Art, Documentary Fortnight 2013; National Gallery of Art "American Originals"; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Images Festival, Toronto; Athens Film Festival (2nd Prize Documentary Feature); Opening Night Film "Workers Unite Film Festival" Cinema Village, NYC (First Prize Feature Narrative); Athens Film Festival (2nd Prize Feature Doc); Senior Planet Exploration Center, NYC; Vancouver Film Festival; New Orleans Film Festival; San Diego Asian Film Festival; Pacific Film Archive; Best Experimental Film at Michael Moore' s Traverse City Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature San Diego Asian Film Festival; One of the Best Films of 2013 (Sight and Sound Magazine); One of Eight Films to See in 2014 (BBC); Festival de Cine Documental (EDOCS) 2014, Ecuador; Maine Int' l Film Festival; China Women's Film Festival. Partially funded by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts.
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