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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Moving Parts

2017, Emilie Upczak, Trinidad and Tobago, 77 min.
With Valerie Tan, Kandyse McClure

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 3rd 8:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 7th 8:30pm
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person!

"Respectfully recommended…Valerie Tian is terrific as Zhenzhen. It is a brutally honest and painfully vulnerable portrayal that does not whitewash or sanctify her."—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

Social consciousness and film-noir elements are adeptly blended in this factually grounded story set in a Caribbean locale that is far removed from the side that tourists normally see. Following the death of her father, the young Chinese woman Zhenzhen (Tian) engages the services of smugglers in order to join her brother Wei in Port of Spain, the culturally diverse capital of Trinidad and Tobago. She secures a menial restaurant job that proves to be a conduit to prostitution when she finds herself pressured by her brother's gambling debts and the smugglers' extortionist demands. Avoiding both sensationalism and exoticism, MOVING PARTS effectively focuses on the complex ambience of its setting and the increasingly urgent problem of human trafficking. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Director Emilie Upczak (Fri. only) and Chicago-based producer John Otterbacher (Fri. & Tue.) are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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