What better way to prepare for your big move than to watch people on the big screen deal with their own trial, tribulations, joys, successes, and failures in the Big Apple? We've gathered nine amazing films that will give you a glimpse into some very different stories about the realities of living in NYC.
1. Pariah (2011)
This critically-acclaimed film follows the story of 17-year-old Alike, who lives in Fort Greene. This dramatic coming-of-age tale follows Alike as she navigates her queer identity within a family that doesn't support it. "
Pariah's unique milieu is most apparent in how Rees' movie seems unconcerned with white people. Her cinematic eye rarely leaves the faces of its subjects, let alone the Brooklyn neighborhood where Pariah takes place," Adam Sewer said in a Mother Jones review.
2. Paris Is Burning (1990)
Paris Is Burning is regarded as one of the most important documentaries of all time. Directed by Jennie Livingston, this film follows the mostly Black and brown queer and trans members of NYC's vibrant ballroom scene. Get a personal glimpse into the lives of the lives of these talented, dynamic, humorous performers, as well as a lesson in the socioeconomic, gender, race, and sexual politics that make such a scene so necessary for those who participate in it. You can watch Paris Is Burning in full here.
3. Crooklyn (1994)
Set in 1973's Bed-Stuy, Spike Lee's follow-up to
Do The Right Thing follows nine-year-old Troy Carmichael as she comes of age while often having to carry the burden of her brothers' needs.
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