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Ming of Harlem - Twenty One Storeys in the Air (Dual Format Edition) Ming of Harlem - Twenty One Storeys in the Air (Dual Format Edition)

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by Phillip Warnell

by Phillip Warnell

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In October 2003, Antoine Yates was arrested for reckless endangerment following the discovery of his cohabitation in a Harlem high-rise with Ming, a five-hundred-pound tiger and Al, a seven-foot alligator. This beautifully crafted, haunting documentary by filmmaker and artist Phillip Warnell explores the story of Yates and combines this with filmic observation of predators in domesticated geographies.

"Beautifully shot, ethically fraught. The combination is riveting." MUBI

"Ming, Al, and Antoine lived together on the 21st floor of an apartment building in central Harlem. In 2003, the police knocked on the door, and the media circulated photos of a black man who had been risking his life for years—Antoine was sharing the small apartment at the time with a tiger and an alligator. However, Phillip Warnell, the maker of this experimental documentary, is not interested in a tabloid take on events. Instead of passing judgment, he takes a closer look at Antoine’s unusual situation and explores relations between people and animals. With the alert eye of a predator, he seeks the limits of anthropomorphism. Formally, the film follows Jacques Derrida’s reflection that “thinking about animals stems from poetry,” which also seems the film’s motto. Scenes that take place in Antoine’s reconstructed apartment are devoid of the commentary that is typical of documentaries. The strangeness of throwing animals into a maze of furniture and corridors is emphasized through the use of ephemeral music and voiceover readings from the works of philosopher-poet Jean-Luc Nancy. Ming of Harlem is a unique combination of a contemporary bestiary and an urban jungle ethnography." - Mariusz Mikliński
Winner of the Prix Georges de Beauregard International at FID Marseille
In October 2003, Antoine Yates was arrested for reckless endangerment following the discovery of his cohabitation in a Harlem high-rise with Ming, a five-hundred-pound tiger and Al, a seven-foot alligator. This beautifully crafted, haunting documentary by filmmaker and artist Phillip Warnell explores the story of Yates and combines this with filmic observation of predators in domesticated geographies.

"Beautifully shot, ethically fraught. The combination is riveting." MUBI

"Ming, Al, and Antoine lived together on the 21st floor of an apartment building in central Harlem. In 2003, the police knocked on the door, and the media circulated photos of a black man who had been risking his life for years—Antoine was sharing the small apartment at the time with a tiger and an alligator. However, Phillip Warnell, the maker of this experimental documentary, is not interested in a tabloid take on events. Instead of passing judgment, he takes a closer look at Antoine’s unusual situation and explores relations between people and animals. With the alert eye of a predator, he seeks the limits of anthropomorphism. Formally, the film follows Jacques Derrida’s reflection that “thinking about animals stems from poetry,” which also seems the film’s motto. Scenes that take place in Antoine’s reconstructed apartment are devoid of the commentary that is typical of documentaries. The strangeness of throwing animals into a maze of furniture and corridors is emphasized through the use of ephemeral music and voiceover readings from the works of philosopher-poet Jean-Luc Nancy. Ming of Harlem is a unique combination of a contemporary bestiary and an urban jungle ethnography." - Mariusz Mikliński
Winner of the Prix Georges de Beauregard International at FID Marseille

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SKU 5060238032124
Catalogue Number SOFA10
Product contents 1 DVD + 1 Blu-ray disc
Year 2014 (DVD/Blu-ray 2016)
Director Warnell, Phillip
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) SODA
Countries UK/US
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Language(s) English
Running time 71 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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