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Lisa, a young Russian emigre studying medicine in New York, and Roy, an African-American building superintendent, bond as they eke out a meager living on the city's Lower East Side. However, their budding romance is thwarted by economic realities and personal responsibilities. Set in the early 1990s, before gentrification, Black and White captures the gritty locale as well as the difficulties of escaping a fringe existence. The film is populated by an assortment of bohemian artists, disenfranchised immigrants, sexual surrogates, and working class stiffs, who respond to life on the edge of society in different ways. With Elena Shevchenko, Gilbert Giles, Patrick Godfrey, Gina Delio, Hayward Boling, Debra Jo Jackson and Stephen Parris. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. In English.

Boris Frumin---USA/Russia---1991---96 mins.