21 x New York


 
Director: Piotr Stasik
Year: 2017
Duration: 70
Language: English, Chinese, Russian, Polish
 
A documentary essay about human condition in the 21st century western society told through personal stories of 21 people met in the New York City subway. Commuters, old and young, have different skin colors, come from different places with different reasons to be there. The film follows them to the surface and observes moments in their lives, from funny and absurd to sad and dramatic. People seek love but are unable to handle it. Interpersonal bonds disintegrate into social media networking pulp. Sex is the new meaning of intimacy. The collage of portraits is a contemplation on our longings, passions, fears as well as eccentric, extravagant or plain funny life philosophies we make up in order to get by. Oneiric images of New York, intimate narration and atmospheric music aim at putting audience in a trance allowing them to get closer to complete strangers and ponder upon their fate. Ultimately, the film is a mirror we can look into if we are brave enough.