January 6, By Hannah Wulkan
Jackson Heights will get a moment in the spotlight tonight.
The most recent documentary from Academy Award winning director Frederick Wiseman called ‘In Jackson Heights,’ which focuses on the character and issues of the neighborhood, will air on PBS tonight at 9 p.m.
The film focuses on Jackson Heights as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country and a microcosm of America’s melting pot. It examines issues of diversity, assimilation, integration, immigration, and religious and cultural differences.
Throughout the film, Wiseman visits local community hubs and speaks to community members about what it is like trying to maintain cultural traditions along side American values. He focuses on issues of immigration and gentrification, both huge issues on the minds of many Jackson Heights residents.
It also features local politicians, highlighting Councilman Daniel Dromm and other community leaders.
The documentary was released in late 2015 to generally positive reviews.
The New York Times named it a Critic’s Pick, calling it “a thrilling, transporting love letter from Frederick Wiseman to New York and its multi-everything glory.”
It has a 95 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, a site that examines film reviews uses them to rate films.
The three-hour film will air on PBS at 9 p.m. tonight.
For additional footage and more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/jackson-heights/home/.