Xmas Without China will screen on Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. As Thanksgiving draws near along with the Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season, Conscientious Projector offers this new documentary by local filmmakers who ask us to reconsider our gift-giving choices and their impact on our economy, both local and global. Director Alicia Dwyer’s captivating film follows young Chinese immigrant Tom Xia, who challenges his Arcadia, California neighbors to refrain from purchasing gifts or products made in China. The neighboring Joneses take up the challenge, resulting in an examination of the American Dream and international relations that is both serious-minded and light-hearted.
A community discussion led by the film’s principals Alicia Dwyer and Tom Xia follows the film (also featuring Alicia’s brothers Michael and Jesse, who worked on cinematography and sound, respectively) . The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.