This item was broadcast on BBC World Service radio, in April 2007.
The Tribeca Film festival, founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to regenerate Lower Manhattan following the September the 11th attacks, is in its sixth year. As ever, the organisers have tried to strike a balance between attention-grabbing blockbusters – such as the American premiere of Spiderman 3 – and giving priceless exposure to low-budget art films and documentaries looking for a distributor.
This year’s event has been the most international yet, with entries from forty-seven countries around the world. Our man in New York, Andrew Purcell, has spent most of the past two weeks in darkened rooms, watching as many films as possible, and he’s emerged, blinking into the sunlight, to join us live on the programme.