Drivers Wanted is a 54 minute documentary, which was created in 2012. It focuses on the New York City taxi depot, 55 Stan, which is based out of Queens, New York. The documentary was directed by Joshua Weinstein and produced by Jean Tsien. Weinstein participates in the film, by riding along and interviewing some of the taxi drivers. The city’s oldest taxi driver, Johnnie Spider Footman, is also featured in the film. Spider passed away on September 11, 2013, at the age of 94.
Despite his age, Spider absolutely loves the taxi depot and still drives his trademark taxi two days a week. Throughout the documentary, we’re also introduced to a variety of other characters, including the taxi depot’s manager, who is brash. He doesn’t care to tell it like it is. During the opening, we see him heading to a recruitment center, where he attempts to persuade a large collection of immigrants to join his business. Unfortunately, it almost feels like he is eager to take full advantage of the immigrants for his own benefit.
At this time, we’re introduced to Eric Ian. The young Chinese immigrant is struggling in America, but he is beyond eager to work. The man is very pleasant and always wears a smile, which makes his very likable and undoubtedly the star of the show. Eric has a wife and two children at home. He has found himself in debt and takes up the job, as a way to try and get back on track. This is likely a tale that many Americans can sympathize with. Eric’s enthusiasm is very contagious.
Throughout the documentary, we see how the drivers interact with one another, as well as their passengers. This insightful look is very intriguing and compelling. The film can definitely teach you a little something about the country and world, at large. This is especially true with the current illegal immigration chatter. Watching the film can provide you with a more personal look at some of these individuals, where they come from and who employs them.
For this very reason, the documentary is well worth watching. Plus, Eric carries the film and will leave you cheering for him and crossing your fingers that he’ll succeed. Overall, the documentary is great and deserves a 7.5 out of 10. It is currently available on Hulu and you should give it a view!