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Central Asia Film Series. The Light Thief (Svet-Ake).

Sunday, September 21, 2014
12:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheatre

Aktan Arym Kubat, director. In Kyrgyz with English subtitles (80 min., 2010).

In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light strikes a suspect bargain with a rich developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community. Stoking a dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against an increasingly dark cloud of corruption in this affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.

Free and open to the public. Sponsors: ISP, CREES.