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On the Line

Documentary, Ethnographic 10m 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City in March 2020, Sixth Street Community Center on the Lower East Side of New York City quickly pivoted its programming to focus on emergency food distribution. More than nine months later, volunteers and staff continue to gather once a week to distribute boxes of cheese, chicken, hotdogs and apply to hundreds of neighbors, the majority of whom are Chinese and Chinese-American. Amidst the crisis of hunger, health, and violence facing low-income Chinese and Chinese-American people, “On the Line” explores the stress of adapting to unfamiliar foods, the frustration of hours waiting online, and the power of mutual aid.

Director

Naomi Schiller

Producer

Daniel Fethke

Cinematographer

Kenny Wu

Editor

Daniel Fethke

Languages

English, Mandarin

Country

USA