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Spicy Village

65 Views· 13 Apr 2021
Brian Connell
Brian Connell
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Spicy Village is a New York Chinatown institution, a hole-in-the-wall spot renowned for its hand-pulled noodles, meat-filled buns, and famous “big tray chicken.” The restaurant’s owner, Wendy Li, runs the cult favorite with her husband and two children; they’ve earned accolades from the likes of celebrity chefs, the Village Voice, and the Michelin Guide. Before the pandemic, the line went out the door virtually every night.<br />
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For Chinatown restaurants like Wendy’s, the impact of Covid-19 will soon become too much to bear. Business took a spike in February 2020—and not just because of a lack of foot traffic. Racism and xenophobia have threatened these places’ survival, too, with anti-Asian sentiment on the rise. Spicy Village’s future is under threat. They desperately need a show of support from New York’s noodle-lovers.<br />
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This short film from cross-cultural documentary collective HiLo offers a glimpse behind the scenes at Spicy Village, on one of the few days they take time off: Chinese New Year. A time for celebration and togetherness with family, hindered by the pandemic for the second year running.<br />
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Directed by Jia Li<br />
Camera by Jia Li, Yiwei Chen, Stevie Borrello, Kristofer Rios<br />
Produced by Joshua Frank, Kristofer Rios<br />
Edited by Jia Li, Yiwei Chen <br />
Sound mix by Kristofer Rios<br />
Special thanks Carver Audain<br />
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A HiLo Production<br />

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