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My Brother Silk Road

Four children leave their village in rural Kyrgyzstan to wander along a rail line that follows the ancient Silk Road. Among the train passengers on that track is a painter who's tired of doing commissioned portraits and wants to pursue his own artistic goals. Thrown off the train by bandits, the artist joins up with three of the kids (the fourth has been bullied out of the group), whose aspirations parallel his own. Director Marat Sarulu filmed this gentle 2001 character study in stark black and white; the austere landscapes and simple interiors focus attention on the philosophical dimensions of the story. Also included are two shorts: Ernest Abdizhaparov's Lullaby (1997) and Sarulu's The Fly-up (2002). In Kyrgyz with subtitles. 100 min.

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