Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air

Ming z Harlemu: Jednadvacet pater ve vzduchu

Photography: David Raedeker
Editing: Chiara Armentano, Phillip Warnell
Sound: David Hocs, Adam Gutch, Chu-Li Shewring
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Actors, social actors: Antoine Yates (self), Rajiv the Tiger (Tiger), Brianna the alligator (Alligator), Johnny Garrett-Graham (Driver), Willow Samuel (Self), Mabel Stark (Tiger Trainer)
Producer, Co-producer: Madeleine Molyneaux, Phillip Warnell
Color: Colour and B&W
Language: English
Despite the outrage and indignation of his fellow New Yorkers, Antoine Yates and his animal friends – a 250-kilo Bengal tiger and a two-meter-long alligator – spent several years living together in his Harlem flat. Warnell’s investigative film essay on the relationship between humanity and animality takes Yates’s statements from the time when the public learned of his cohabiting with dangerous animals, and juxtaposes them with poetic footage of the predators moving freely around his flat. The director is less interested in the sensational case from 2003 than in exploring more universal and intimate aspects of people’s communication with animals, and their behavior in a domesticated setting.

“People really don’t understand, like, when they took him away is, like is almost, like, taken a part of me away. It’s like cut to a piece your soul. Part of me is just gone.”

Photo Gallery

Picture Palace Pictures
Madeleine Molyneaux
PO Box 645 Prince St. Stn.
New York / 10012 / United states
+1 2 122 523 187

Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Opus Bonum, First Lights
Premiere Type: East European Premiere
Exhibition format: Video File
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
26.10.2014 18:00


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory