Alicia Harrison
2013 | 60 minutes | France, U.S.
U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance

What does it mean to try to become who you want to be? How do you choose your life instead of letting it be shaped by circumstance? French-American director Alicia Harrison’s documentary poses these universal questions from an unlikely place: the interiors of taxicabs across New York City. She weaves together immigrant drivers’ stories of struggle, resignation, and hope, opening a rare window into the lives of the taxi drivers so many of us interact with regularly without ever really knowing. Harrison grew up in the city, and her sharp eye for people and place and sympathetic questioning help shape an intimate portrait of contemporary New York City as seen through its streets and the cab drivers who navigate them.

Co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy


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What compelled you to see for yourself?
I wanted to leave behind my representations of immigration in order to meet those who were reinventing the United States and its myths today, to confront these representations to their voices. I wanted to hear their stories in their own words, to listen to them speak of exile, America, and life choices. To learn from them who they were, how they thought, what America meant to them, and perhaps, in the process, learn something about myself—about my own relationship to the United States, my own life choices, my own mythology. I wanted to try to build a bridge over cultural and social boundaries, in order to search for what is most important: what we have in common. The universal question of how we try to choose a life for ourselves. It is that risk—jeopardizing my representations in order to build new ones, born from an encounter—that makes filmmaking such an essential endeavor for me.
—Alicia Harrison | Director, Taxiway