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Country: United States
Year: 2010
Duration: 80'
Direction: Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
Editor: Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
Production: Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki


A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighbourhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and catalogued by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. But even more fascinating than the business itself, are the characters that are around. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighbourhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.
Special Jury Award & Best Opera Prima, Festival de Locarno 2010; Best ethno-anthropologic film, Festival Dei Popoli de Florencia.
Locarno Film Festival;New York Film Festival;Vancouver International Film Festival; Filmfest Hamburg; Valdivia International Film Festival; VIENNALE; Festival dei Popoli; DocsBarcelona; Festival Internacional de Cine de la Ciudad de México

Véréna Paravel. French anthropologist and filmmaker. She made her first short video, 7 Queens at the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab. Her work—screened in Boston, Paris and New York—explores evanescent forms of intimacy, mediation, and space and draws on experimental ethnography. Since 2009, she has been a Fellow at the Film Study Center, and a postdoctoral associate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab, Harvard University. She has recently completed Interface Series, five short videos shot entirely through Skype.
Foreign Parts (2010)
Interface Series (2009)
7 Queens (2008)
J.P. Sniadecki. Filmmaker and a PhD candidate in anthropology at Harvard University. Specialised on Chinese society and sensory ethnography, his films have shown around the world and received several awards, including the 2009 Joris Ivens Award at the Cinema du reel Film Festival for his 2008 documentary Demolition (Punto de Vista 2010), which focuses on migrant labor and urban space in Chengdu, China. He is also a chief organizer and curator of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens new independent cinema from the People's Republic of China. He currently lives in Beijing and is involved in a number of film and research projects.
Foreign Parts
The Yellow Bank(2010)
Sichuan Triptych(2010)
Chaiqian / Demolition(2008)
Gobierno de Navarra Cultura Navarra
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte Teatro Gayarre
Fundación Caja Navarra Planetario de Pamplona Filmoteca de Navarra Acción Cultural Española
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