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 affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.
“The Light Thief elegantly dramatizes the complex challenges of a developing economy with its heartfelt story about the unglamorous yet very real struggles of life in post-Soviet Central Asia”
– San Francisco International Film Festival
“Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity” – The Guardian
‘The Light Thief’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Kyrgyz with English subtitles.