Moonlight & Movies | Man Push Cart

When: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7:00pm
Price: General Admission $20 | Members $15
From left to right: Man Push Cart (2005) movie poster, headshot of Ramin Bahrani
@Criterion Collection, Photo by Brad Trent

Presented as part of the 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF45).

Join us for a screening of Man Push Cart (2005), the acclaimed debut film of director Ramin Bahrani that follows the life of Ahmad, a once famous Pakistani rock star now working long hours in the streets of Manhattan selling coffee and bagels from his cart. Providing a "rare immigrant’s-eye view of a post-9/11 city suffused with subtle paranoia and xenophobia, Man Push Cart gives at once empathetic and clear-eyed expression to the everyday drama of human endurance" (Criterion Collection). The film's Oscar-nominated director, Ramin Bahrani, will introduce the screening with Dan Barry, senior writer at The New York Times.

Event Timeline:
7:00 pm - Doors open to South Terrace; drinks and popcorn available for purchase
7:45 pm - Introduction by director Ramin Bahrani and Dan Barry
8:00 pm - Man Push Cart begins (87 mins)
9:27 pm - Film ends, Museum closes

About the Speakers:
Academy Award® and Emmy nominee Ramin Bahrani is the Iranian-American writer, director, and producer of The White Tiger, for which he has earned Oscar®, BAFTA®, and WGA Award nominations. Bahrani is the internationally renowned, award-winning filmmaker of critically lauded films such as Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, 99 Homes and most recently his debut feature documentary 2nd CHANCE. His films regularly premiere at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Sundance film festivals. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert proclaimed Bahrani as “the director of the decade” in 2010. Bahrani is a Guggenheim Fellowship winner and his cinematic oeuvre is housed in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Bahrani produced Alex Camilleri’s debut award-winning feature Luzzu, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is Malta’s submission to the Oscars. He also produced Alexandre Moratto’s Brazilian debut feature, Socrates, which garnered three Spirit Award nominations in 2019, as well as Moratto’s new film, 7 Prisoners for Netflix which premiered to rave reviews at The Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2021. Both filmmakers won The Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award which Bahrani himself also won in 2008. Bahrani is also a professor at the MFA film program at Columbia University.

Dan Barry is a senior writer at The New York Times. He shared a 1994 Pulitzer Prize as a member of an investigative team at the Providence Journal, and since then has twice been a nominated Pulitzer finalist for feature writing.  His other honors include a George Polk Award, two American Society of Newspaper Editors Awards, the Mike Berger Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Best American Newspaper Narrative Award. He is the author of Pull Me Up: A MemoirCity Lights, a collection of his “About New York” columns; Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game, which won the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting; The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland; and This Land: America, Lost and Found, a collection of his national columns.

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General Admission $20 | Members $15
Tickets include all-day entrance to the Museum (open 10am - 9pm)

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.

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Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

This program is presented in partnership with Asian CineVision.


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