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Buzkashi Boys 
29 minutes
Director: Sam French
Year: 2012
Country: Afghanistan,U S A

Fri 12:40 PM RUSH , Sat 9:40 PM , Sun 6:40 PM RUSH

Buzkashi Boys Trailer from Sam French on Vimeo.

Rafi bridles under his father’s insistence that he follow in his footsteps as a blacksmith. His best friend Ahmad is a penniless orphan. Seeking to escape their destinies, they dream of becoming champion horsemen in Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi — a dangerous form of polo played on horseback. Shot on location in Kabul, Buzkashi Boys is a story of two friends who hope for a better life in one of the most war torn countries on earth. [subtitles]

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A Fábrica (The Factory) 
15 minutes
Director: Aly Muritiba
Year: 2011
Country: Brazil

It’s visiting day. Lindalva prepares food to take to her son, Metruti, who is in a Brazillian jail. He shaves and wears his best clothes to welcome his mother. It’s a very special day for Metruti and he really needs to make a phone call. His mother is willing to risk smuggling a cell phone into the penitentiary for him. A Fábrica is a story of love amidst the harsh reality of the Brazillian prison system. [subtitles]

A Short Film 
3 minutes
Director: Rick Williamson
Year: 2011
Country: USA

A short Western film with short actors, short horses, and long credits. A Short Film stars Marty Klebba of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Dusty the Wonder Pony. This is the simplest and possibly the funniest short film ever made. All for the sole purpose of making the filmmaker’s wife — and you — laugh.

18 minutes
Director: Bryan Buckley
Year: 2012
Country: South Africa,U S A

Set in a war-torn Somali fishing village, an all Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable about a young boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to become an honest fisherman. [subtitles]

19 minutes
Director: Shawn Christensen
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Academy Award Winner

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. He agrees to cancel his ominous plans and spend the evening with Sophia. Richie must work hard to overcome Sophia’s preconceived notions about him. She just might be the spark he needs to bring him back from the edge.

The River 
13 minutes
Director: Sam Handel
Year: 2013
Country: USA

On a sweltering hot day, a very pregnant Maria (Lauren Ambrose), desperate for a cooling swim, encounters obstacles on her path to the river. Work schedules, mechanical failures, and complex human relationships all seem to be conspiring against her. Maria must rely on her “loving-kindness practice” to improvise the path to a much-needed swim. Featuring Jay O. Sanders, Adam Driver, Michael C. Hall, Kate Skinner, and Ron McLarty. [language]
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