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Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind (1998)

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Bam! Dot! Crack! The ancient game of Mah-Jongg has been played by the Chinese since the time of Confucius, yet is beloved by thousands of Jewish-American women. How did this happen? ... See full summary »
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Bam! Dot! Crack! The ancient game of Mah-Jongg has been played by the Chinese since the time of Confucius, yet is beloved by thousands of Jewish-American women. How did this happen? Mah-Jongg: The Tiles that Bind is a light-hearted yet deeply moving portrait of the Asian- and Jewish-American women who play this centuries-old game. It explores the shared experiences of the players and their families, and chronicles the very social aspect of the game - food, camaraderie, gossip, and most importantly, the life-long bonds that form between its players. Along the way, the game proves again and again to be a bridge connecting seemingly unlike individuals, spanning generations, continents and cultures. It features international best-selling authors Hope Edelman ("Motherless Daughters") and Denise Chong ("The Concubine's Children"). Written by BariPearlman <bari@btgproductions.com>

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It's not just a game...it's a way of life!

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Little Old Ladies & their secret lives
18 February 2006 | by rajasthanbSee all my reviews

A fun documentary on an old game, played by lots and lots of little old ladies. Not too heavy, but an enjoyable movie about Chinese Grandmas and Jewish Grandmas, and a game they play to socialize.

It's a gentler form of poker night, but the food is better, and there are no cigars.

The filmmakers bring a light touch to a touching subject; the connections between women and their development through a game.

If you have ever heard the crack of the tiles, check this out.

If you haven't, check it out, and learn about a whole new world.

Meanwhile. let's hope Pearlman is making a documentary on how to play, since that's what I'd like to see now.


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