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What to See at the MKE Film Fest - Saturday - 9/24


Each day of the Milwaukee Film Festival, I'm going to have a recommendation for something people should see. I know there are an aimless bunch of you who want to attend the fest, but still don't have everything pegged down as far as what you're going to see. This is for you.

As a member of this year's Festival Program Committee, I'm familiar with plenty of the titles on the schedule and will be drawing from that pool. Look for my recommendations a day prior to when they play. So, here's what you should see tomorrow - 9/24:

Marathon Boy (Official Description):

"At three, Budhia Singh had already run six 13-mile half-marathons. Born into the slums of Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Budhia's mother sold him to a peddler for 800 rupees. Not long after Biranchi Das, a judo teacher who also runs an orphanage, bought him back, and soon discovers Budhia's talent for running.. But when Biranchi has the four year old Budhia run 42 miles, the debate begins: is he providing Budhia with a rare opportunity, or is he exploiting a boy too young to know what he really wants."

Watching this young man complete these unbelievable feats will leave you in awe, but the film also brings to the surface questions about child exploitation and physical limitations, which erupt into a bitter political struggle. Marathon Boy is amazing for the way it makes you consider your own feelings on the matter without leading you in one direction or another. Because, with this issue, there might not be any easy answers.

5 p.m. at Marcus North Shore Cinema. 

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