Amit Ashraf

On Tuesday, October 16, Maryland Hall hosted a screening of the film "Runaway" along with a brief question and answer forum with the director, Amit Ashraf. This was the second screening of the On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series taking place this fall and winter.

After patrons purchased their popcorn and recieved their complimentary drink, they settled in for what was said to be a wonderful evening. Maryland Hall employee, Michael Macey, attended the screening and was more than happy to offer a review of the film:
 
"Runaway, the latest film in the On Screen In Person series at Maryland Hall, offers a gritty, sometimes disturbing view of a bounty hunter in Bangladesh who tracks down and returns runaway men to their families, but not before forcing them to confront the circumstances that got them to that point in the first place. Set in the capital city of Dhaka, Runaway chronicles the journey of one man, Babu, as he captures Akbar, a corrupt politician, and forces him to reexamine his life and the choices he has made.
 
Beautifully photographed, Runaway is visually stunning and gives a hard hitting look at the culture and customs of a society that believes the road to redemption for these runaway men is whatever it takes to return them to their families.
 
The film is skillfully directed by first time director Amit Ashraf. Although it is an ultimately uplifting tale, there is quite a bit of violence. Murder, blackmail, adultery and evil spirits all figure into a scenario that, at times, can be difficult to watch. Both lead actors are more than capable in their roles, and bring a depth to their characters that transcends the obvious language barrier of this English subtitled film. The development of the story line, as well as the characters and their history are fully realized, so that by the end of the film you’re able to understand the perspective and motivation of both Babu and Akbar. All in all this film offered a very satisfying viewing experience."
 
The On Screen in Person series at Maryland Hall allows independent film fans the unique opportunity to view and participate in a discussion of the featured film with the director. Get inside the head of the director and find out what motivates and inspires them to make the films they do. The On Screen In Person series now features beer, wine and popcorn for purchase.

The next film in the series is Dislecksia: the Movie, a comical look at dyslexics and the people who teach and study them. Tickets are $10; $7 for MHCA members and students.

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