After taking a long list of medications every morning, 89 year-old Phyllis Sabatini loves to visit friends, go for a walk, help put on a big Italian dinner and go dancing. “Grandmom” may only be 4’ 7’’ but she has a big spirit, a ready laugh and smiling eyes. At 90, her husband Joe doesn’t say much and sleeps much of the time. He tends to keep to himself as his body fails him, sneaking late night snacks that will trigger his diabetes.
Phyllis and Joe live in Palm Desert, California with their daughter Sarah and her husband and precocious nine year-old daughter Jacqueline, who sees her grandparents as the annoying siblings she wishes she had. As Phyllis watches her daughter Sarah struggle to care for everyone from nine to ninety, she determines to go back east to stay with her other daughter Angie, where she can visit the rest of her family and friends.
As health problems mount and the time to say goodbye nears, Nine To Ninety explores delicate moments of aging through the intimate perspectives of three generations of this Italian American family.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography. The
Photography Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work
of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-
definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned and emerging
photographers. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.
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Xmas Without China
Exploring the intersection of commercialism and immigration in American culture, the documentary filmmakers follow their friend and fellow filmmaker Tom Xia on an intimate, humorous journey to get to know his neighbors. Tom has spent his life in between Chinese and American culture, constantly negotiating between his home life and everything else in the California suburbs where he’s grown up since emigrating from mainland China at age eight. With deep ties to his extended family back home and increasing pride in China’s huge steps forward in the new millennium, Tom is incensed by how China is so misunderstood, particularly in American media. Tom’s neighbors – the Joneses – are a young family trying to keep their children safe when a series of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning.
Devising a plan to put American fears of China in context, Tom challenges his neighbors to go through the Christmas season without any Chinese products. Taking on the consumer mission-impossible, the Joneses discover that they’re giving up not just their toys, plates, lamps, and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffeemaker, X-Box, and most of their Christmas decorations.
Meanwhile down the street, Tom’s parents are finishing construction on their new home, using Chinese materials to proudly build their American dream. As the challenge intensifies and Christmas Day approaches, Tom and the Joneses enter into a heated cultural interchange in which Tom finds himself challenged by the Joneses to confront his own identity. Forced to filter through cultural misconceptions, Tom’s family and the Joneses wrestle with our American drive to consume cheap products from China and find common ground as Tom celebrates his first Christmas around their tree.
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