EN EL SEPTIMO DIA (On The Seventh Day)
Directed by Jim McKay
2018, 92 minutes
Purchase $395 | Classroom rental: $125
Pre-order, ships August 2018
En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) is a narrative feature about a group of undocumented immigrants from Puebla, Mexico who live in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park.
José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain - young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But José's boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells him on short notice that he has to work next Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.
Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus in Summer, 2016, En el Séptimo Día is the fifth feature film by writer/director Jim McKay.
Subjects & Collections
2018 Immigration New York City Latino Studies Cinema Studies American Studies Chicano Studies Labor Studies Narrative Films
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection, Locarno Film Festival
Official Selection, BAMcinemaFest
Official Selection, New York Latino Film Festival
Reviews"En el Séptimo Día is an intimate character study, but it’s also an excitingly kinetic film."
- Amy Taubin, Art Forum
"A triumph - a compassionate, warm, and deeply humane tribute to the everyday existence of undocumented workers."
- Nico Chapin, The Knockturnal
"McKay's latest work of art is an ode to those who fight for that glimmer of hope this country claims."
- Kyle Kohner, The Playlist