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9-Man

A Streetball Battle in the Heart of Chinatown

Overview

Genre
Society, Minorities, History, Cultural History, and Sports
Synopsis

9-Man uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys and it is fiercely protected by a community of men who who require that 2/3 of players are “100% Chinese.” A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition.

"an absorbing documentary" -The New York Times

Stage
finished
Running time
89 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Noncompliant Films
Country
United States
Locations
Toronto, Boston, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Philadelphia

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Festivals
IFF Boston, DOC NYC, Stranger Than Fiction, LA Asian Pacific FF, CAAMFest, Austin Asian American FF, Hawaii Intl FF, Seattle Asian American FF, Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander FF, Boston Asian American FF, Toronto Reel Asian, Canadian Sport FF..
Awards
Grand Jury Award, CAAMFest, Directors' Choice Award, Seattle Asian American FF, Audience Award, Boston Asian American FF, Grand Jury Award, Austin Asian American FF, Special Jury Prize: Best Director & Audience Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF
Distribution
Educational distribution in Canada by the National Film Board of Canada
Broadcast (Acq.)
World Channel/America ReFramed, TVO
Language
English, Chinese
Subtitles
English

Photos

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