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Roxie Theater: En El Septimo Dia / On The Seventh Day
June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until June 28, 2018
Director Jim McKay IN PERSON for a Q&A after the screening on Tuesday, June 26
“A feel-good crowd-pleaser — a rousing sports movie about characters trapped by their surroundings and galvanized by their communal spirit.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire
Jim McKay’s first feature film in over a decade takes a slice of life approach to a timely subject: the lives, hopes, dreams, and daily existences of undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn, all playing out over the course of seven days.
Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team’s captain – young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn’t work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.
Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA is a humane, sensitive, and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges, and small triumphs of its characters.
Directed by Jim McKay. 92 min. 2017. DCP. In Spanish and English with English and Spanish subtitles.