- Society, Minorities, History, Cultural History, and Sports
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
- Running time
- 89 minutes
- Ursula Liang ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer
- Prod. Co.
- Noncompliant Films
- United States
- Toronto, Boston, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Philadelphia
- Release year
- 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..
- 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
- Educational distribution in Canada by the National Film Board of Canada
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- World Channel/America ReFramed, TVO
- English, Chinese
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