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Cleveland theatrical premiere!


China, United States | 2021 | Jessica Kingdon

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Winner of the award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this visually stunning look at the “Chinese Dream” surveys class consciousness, capitalism, and conspicuous consumption in the PRC. (We’ve been streaming it in our “virtual cinema” since 11/5.) Filmed at 51 different locations throughout China, this observational work that forgoes voiceover and commentary proves a pure, perpetual eye-opener. Individual sequences—with subjects ranging from a factory that manufactures sex dolls, to schools for bodyguards and butlers—never fail to transfix, surprise, and/or sting. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 10/6). Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 97 min.

Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

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ASCENSION (virtual)

Saturday 11/27
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11610 Euclid Avenue
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General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $7 (or the member price for that film)
Note: Certain films cost more. Exceptions are noted.

No refunds unless screening is canceled.