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Foreign Films You Should Stream: Sweet Bean, Beach Flags, and Cleo from 5 to 7

26 Feb

In addition to having access to thousands of books, one of the best things about having a Hoboken Library Card is having access to Kanopy. Kanopy is a streaming platform that offers tons of great movies and videos to watch. Every month, Hoboken resident cardholders can have access to 10 films for adults from Kanopy and unlimited high quality kid’s movies, TV, and animated story books from Kanopy Kids for free!

What I love about Kanopy is that there is an abundance of indie and foreign films to watch – films that would otherwise be difficult to find. I love watching foreign films in particular, since they provide a glimpse into different locations, stories and cultures. So I, of course, was thrilled that a foreign film won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Living in America, with a strong and prolific movie industry, we can sometimes forget that there is so much more out there beyond our borders.

There are all sorts of foreign films on Kanopy, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Here are a few selections:

If you like contemporary dramas…

Sweet Bean
Sweet Bean
Sweet Bean” is a Japanese movie from 2015 directed by Naomi Kawase. It is based on the novel by Durian Sukegawa (the book’s title was translated to “Sweet Bean Paste”). The movie follows the story of Sentaro, a man who runs a dorayaki shop. Dorayaki are a Japanese sweet, made with two small pancakes around a filling of red bean paste. When looking for a new hire, an elderly woman applies for the job, handing him over her own homemade red bean paste. An unlikely friendship forms between them and a young schoolgirl who is a frequent customer of the shop. We discover the pasts that they hide, and by the end of the movie, we’re left with the wonder of being alive. A beautiful, moving film.

If you like animated shorts…

Beach Flags

Beach Flags

Image from Kanopy.com

Beach Flags” is a short animated film from Iran, written and directed by Sarah Saidan. It follows the story of Vida, a young lifeguard, who wants to be the one in her group to be chosen for an international competition in Australia. Vida is clearly the best among her peers, but her status as best is challenged when a newcomer, Sareh, arrives. Vida’s competitive streak is evident, but she discovers there is more to Sareh than meets the eye. A tale of young women, ambition and friendship in a country that restricts their freedoms.

 

If you like classic movies…

Cleo from 5 to 7
Cleo from 5 to 7
Cleo from 5 to 7” is a French New Wave film from 1962 directed by the world-renowned Agnès Varda. The story takes place from 5pm to 7pm on a particular day when Cléo, the title character, is waiting for the results of a medical test that might confirm her fears of a cancer diagnosis. It’s an interesting film with a theme of existentialism and a fascinating look into how women were perceived in 1960’s France.

Sweet Bean and Cleo from 5 to 7 are also available on DVD from BCCLS Libraries.

Written by:
Samantha Evaristo
Circulation Assistant

Outbreaks: What Can We Learn About Them from the Past to Help Us in Our Present and Future

19 Feb

Right now, COVID-19 is headline news and comes up in conversations with friends and family members on a daily basis.  There is a lot of fear and misinformation out there.  One of the best ways to stay up to date is by checking out the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) site which has current information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, which includes a FAQ with symptoms and tips for prevention.  The CDC is also always a wealth of information on other topics as well such as vaccines that are recommended when traveling abroad.

I’ve also compiled a list of books that we have here at the library that look at some outbreaks from the flu to ebola that have happened in the past that give insight into the handling of pandemics, if you are interested in doing further research on the topic.  And remember if you are concerned about your personal health, always check in with your doctor who can help guide you through making educated decisions about your physical well-being.

Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come
by Richard Preston
Crisis in the Red Zone
Preston follows up his bestseller, Hot Zone with this look at the Ebola Outbreak and the potential for other future outbreaks.

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers
by Ali Khan, MD
next pandemic

Ali Khan provides insights from working as a public health first responder for crisis like anthrax and the bird flu to discuss past mistakes as well as tips for future prevention in Next Pandemic.

Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
by Jeremy Brown
Influenza

Brown an ER Doctor takes a look at the influenza pandemic that occurred just over 100 years ago in 1918.  He examines a historic look at the devastating disease that still kills thousands each year and looks at common questions surrounding the flu today.

The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris
by Mark Honigsbaum
pandemic century

Honigsbaum takes a look at both some of the most well-known and less headline grabbing outbreak scares of the past century and the medical as well as social impacts they have on society in The Pandemic Century.

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes who Fought Them
by Jennifer Ashley Wright
get well soon

Wright adds a little dark humor to the subject of some of the worst outbreaks in human history to give a factual and fascinating look at the topic in Get Well Soon.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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