Global Lens: The Light Thief

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.

“Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity” – The Guardian

The Light Thief  was an official selection of over 15 film festivals including Cannes, Toronto and San Francisco. It was also Kyrgyzstan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards.

Runtime:  80 min. In Kyrgyz with English subtitles. Watch clip here.

This film is being co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens collection. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org

Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.

Cost: FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members. Tickets available here.

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