November 29 - December 2, 2012 | Whose Story Is It?
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Saturday, December 1 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm

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Najeeb Mirza

2012 | Tajikistan  

Donning protective gear that includes tank helmets from old wars, the players of Tajikistan’s wild and violent polo-like sport of Buzkashi prepare for competition as if going into battle. Rivalries, alliances, and political intrigues pit ancient values of honor and integrity against ego-driven hunger for power and wealth, and this film, both an exploration of the game and a character study of three of its top players, opens an intriguing window on this former Soviet republic. While scenes of hundreds of riders on horseback racing across the plateaus of this mountainous country are striking and viscerally thrilling, the personal lives of the protagonists—husbands and fathers devoted to their families and with deep roots in their communities—emerge as surprisingly familiar.

Co-presented by CEC Artslink

Saturday December 1, 2012 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Linder American Museum of Natural History

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