On Feb. 15th, the University of Pittsburgh highlights the country of Kyrgyzstan with a screening of the 2010 drama The Light Thief. Presented by the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) as part of its Threats: Perception & Reality film series, the selection showcases the politics and culture of a developing community.
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 tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.
The Light Thief begins at 7 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.