This May, XFINITY On Demand’s Cinema Asian America explores films about those who are walking the line, individuals – and species – who are perched precariously on the fine lines separating the worlds that they know, and the big, scary worlds that stands ahead of them.
Mira Nair’s (“Monsoon Wedding,” “The Namesake“) new thriller, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, starring Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson tells the tale of a young Pakistani man, whose American-dream life of Princeton and Wall Street begins to crumble after 9/11 and the question of where he belongs to, becomes much more complicated to answer. Ram Vopal Garma’s “The Attacks of 26/11” addresses the related dynamics of the legacies of terrorism through its dramatization of the terror attacks that shook Mumbai in November, 2008.
Broadening our scope to the global environment, Mark Hall’s eye-opening documentary, “Sushi: The Global Catch” examines the large-scale impact that the world’s hunger for sushi has had, including the depletion of the bluefish tuna, and the larger ecological balance that is in danger of being upset in the world’s oceans. This fine line between human progress, and the cost to the natural world around us is also explored, albeit in a very different way, in Nikhil Advani’s charming animated feature film, “Delhi Safari.” Through the story of a family of animals – a cub leopard, his mother, a monkey, a bear and a parrot – who decide to leave their quickly disappearing jungle home for Delhi to protest in front of Parliament, Advani asks the question,” Why has man become the globe’s most dangerous animal?”
A set of hotly anticipated new-release films explore these themes further, in Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s “Pieta” which explores the brutal life of a loan shark muscle whose life begins to transform when a woman who claims she is his mother appears; Pauline Chan’s Australian drama “33 Postcards” which follows a Chinese orphan who makes her way to Australia in search of her sponsor family and a new life; the Italian film “Shun Li and the Poet” in which a young Chinese woman working on the outskirts of Rome finds an escape from loneliness through a local fisherman. Last, but certainly not least, is “Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie” which careens through that fine line between high and low.
Here’s the complete schedule of features and documentaries: