Queens Museum of Art Presents
World Premiere Screening of "On Calloway Street"
A Documentary Video on the Most Diverse Building in NYC!
On the 40th Anniversary of the Hart – Cellar Act
Sunday, October 2nd, 2 – 4 pm
Join us Talk, Screening, Q&A, and
Free & Open to the Public
The 1965 Immigration & Naturalization Act, also known as the The
Hart-Cellar Act, brought an end to longstanding quotas based on national
origin that limited immigration mostly to Europeans. This act, motivated
by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, ended a long period of
discriminatory immigration, creating a more diverse America.
The film screening will be introduced by Professor Tarry Hum of the
Urban Studies Department at Queens College, whose research focuses on
the social and economic issues facing urban immigrant communities. She
will provide viewers with information about the Hart-Cellar act and how
it drastically changed the face of contemporary Queens.
About The Film
On Calloway Street (Ramon Rivera-Moret, 91 mins, 2004)
An apartment building in Queens, New York inhabited by
wildly diverse cultures provides the setting for a "1001 nights of
Queens," with more than twenty participants. The building was famously
featured in the New York Times article "The Meltingest Pot" by Suketu
Mehta as the most diverse building in NYC! The multiplicity and richness
of stories and characters in the building on Calloway Street allowed the
director to explore an open, de-centered narrative structure that weaves
together many disparate elements– events of daily life, brief stories,
non-narrative situations and experiences, interviews, and oral
Plus Q&A with the director Ramon Rivera-Moret and producer Laj Waghray,
moderated by one of the long-time building residents, Jaishri
And the reason this post is here because the movie is produced by my sis-in-law – Laj Waghray – who is really passionate about movies!