Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:30 pm
$9 adults / $5 students / 10% discount for members
Donning protective gear that includes tank helmets from wars past, the players of Tajikistanís wild and violent sport Buzkashi prepare for competition as if going into battle. The polo-like sportís rivalries, alliances, and political intrigues pit ancient values of honor and integrity against ego-driven hunger for power and wealth. Buzkashi! (by Najeeb Mirza, 2012), both an exploration of the game and a character study of three of its top players, opens an intriguing window to this former Soviet republic. While scenes of hundreds of horseback riders racing across the plateaus of this mountainous country are viscerally thrilling, the personal lives of the protagonists - husbands and fathers devoted to their families and communities - emerge as surprisingly familiar. Q&A with filmmaker Najeeb Mirza to follow.
Buzkashi! trailer 1 min 18 sec from Oxus Films on Vimeo.
Our Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrates films about winning, losing, and how you play the game. Films are shown on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM up in the club (Club B-10). Snacks and drinks are available before and during the screening. Screenings are often followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Click here to see entire film documentary series schedule.
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