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This scene makes even the Arizona State Fair seem like a lonely place!

Day at the Beach in China

Day at the Beach in China

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New Independent Films

Just added to Netflix the following independent films (all descriptions taken from Netflix):

  • Owl and the Sparrow (Vietnam/USA 2007) – After angering her stern uncle (Trong Hai), 10-year-old Thuy (Han Thi Pham) runs away and lands on the tough streets of Saigon. There, she befriends shy zookeeper Hai (The Lu Le) and flight attendant Lan (Cat Ly). Dreaming of a new family, Thuy plays matchmaker to bring the two together. Meanwhile, Thuy’s furious uncle tracks her through the city. Stephane Gauger wrote and directed this Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award winner.
  • Sixty Six (UK 2006) – During the summer of 1966, 12-year-old Londoner Bernie (Gregg Sulkin) eagerly prepares for his upcoming bar mitzvah, but disaster looms when England snags a spot in the World Cup finals, scheduled for the same day as Bernie’s big celebration. With his father (Eddie Marsan) and mother (Helena Bonham Carter) facing financial difficulties, Bernie struggles to readjust his expectations for the biggest event of his life.
  • Tuya’s Marriage (People’s Republic of China 2006)  – Injured and unable to care for her children and disabled husband, Bater, strong-willed Tuya (Yu Nan) decides to divorce and find a new husband. With Bater‘s blessings, Tuya sets her mind to finding a man who will agree to care for her and her entire family. Set in Mongolia, director Quanan Wang‘s award-winning romantic drama follows Tuya’s journey as she tries to find a man who loves her enough to take on such a tremendous responsibility.
  • Smile (2005) – Katie (Mika Boorem), a privileged American teen, and Ling (Yi Ding), a disfigured Chinese girl, form an unusual bond in this drama directed by Jeffrey Kramer. Overwhelmed by the demands of impending adulthood and confused by her parents’ evolving relationship, Katie travels to China with her dad (Sean Astin), a doctor who hopes to help Ling by surgically transforming her face. But it’s he and Katie who walk away changed by their experiences.
  • The Order of Myths(USA 2008) – Dating back to the 1700s, Mobile, Alabama’s Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest in the country — and it’s still going strong today. With the annual event as its focus, this documentary explores the city, its mystical societies and race relations. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic revelers descend upon downtown Mobile each year to take part in a variety of colorful parades, balls and festivities.

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