Jorge toils away alongside the ever-present Heimlich Manoeuvre instructional poster that hangs in the diner kitchen. From behind the counter and away from the bustle around him, Jorge reaches out quietly to the newly-hired Chinese waitress Amy (Eugenia Yuan). She reciprocates in friendship, but the differences between them are too great for anything more. He is continually tormented at work by his co-worker Jerry (Aaron Paul) and at home in his Harlem bedsit by his inner demons. Set in the vicinity of JFK airport, which happens to be one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in the world, Choking Mann captures the feelings that newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in their strange, adopted land.