A Grin Without A Cat
A Film by Chris Marker
Newly restored and *exclusively* streaming on OVID! A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is Chris Marker’s epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60’s and 70’s: Vietnam, Bolivia, May ’68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.
Watch and enjoy this masterpiece—it’s the first time that this restored version has been available in the US in any format, DVD or streaming!
Xmas Without China
A Film by Alicia Dwyer
Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Americans in his Southern California suburb to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. With deep ties to his extended family back home, Tom is incensed by how he considers China is misunderstood, particularly by the American media. But he gets more than he bargains for when he meets the Joneses, a young family trying to keep their children safe as a wave of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning.
The Joneses start to give up not just toys, plates, lamps, and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffeemaker, X-Box, and many Christmas decorations, challenging the way they live everyday life and how they celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, Tom’s parents are constructing a new home, proudly using Chinese materials to build their American dream. As they decorate for Christmas for the first time and the interactions between the Xias and the Joneses intensify, Tom realizes that he’s on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between America and China.
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A Curated Collection
This holiday season let yourself be swept away by unforgettable films including IDA about a nun novice who learns that her own family is intertwined with Poland’s painful history and CAMILLE CLAUDEL starring Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu in a film about the eponymous sculptor, Rodin’s assistant and lover—it’s a tale of desire, betrayal, and female empowerment.