Film - Documentary | October 9 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This haunting, poetic film calls forth the dreams of nine sixteen-year-old orphans in Kazakhstan. With the aid of filmmakers Jeanne C. Finley and Lyazzat Khanim, the teens present vividly imagined visions of their future lives. Their current reality is quickly changing as they prepare to move away from the only place theyve known as home and the only family theyve ever had. The fact that these fascinating and colorful kids have grown up next to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the worlds first and largest operational space launch facility, makes their far-out visions especially poignant. From the majestic Kazakh steppes, the young artists use a mixture of words, pictures, and music to craft mesmerizing prophecies of what adulthood and independence will mean to them. Not surprisingly, themes of time, space, memory, and emotional exploration weave into their art. A stirring, trippy, one-of-a-kind experience, this film will expose you to worlds youve never known and dreams that just might come true.
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