Free Screening of the Documentary Film “The Hottest August”
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About the Event
This documentary, for all of its considerable discrete moments and insights, is most fascinating because of its vivid demonstration of how the future is never really as we expect it to be. It’s the summer of 2017 in the neighborhoods of New York City, which is predicted to have the extreme August of the movie’s title — coming after the summer of 2016. The film offers interviews with average New Yorkers about what concerns them, no matter what the source of their anxiety.
In the opening scene, for example, in which two union workers lean out the window of an air-conditioned upstairs apartment to talk about their jobs. Eventually they get around to their concerns about the influx of foreigners willing to work for lower wages. There are a thousand reasons for immigration, and climate change is one of them, as “climate refugees” from environmentally embattled countries create a ripple effect that reaches back to first-world economies.
Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bVPeRlPmLQ