Asian Arts CouncilLearning about Asian Art, Helping Phoenix Art Museum Grow

Learning about Asian Art, Helping Phoenix Art Museum Grow

Global Lens Film Series

The Light Thief (“Svet-Ake” 2010, Kyrgystan)
June 9, 2013 - 1pm

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 Global Lens Series is being co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens collection. For more information, visit

Sponsored by: the Asian Arts Council

Buddha with Attendants (detail), Korean, Choson period, 18th-19th century, ink, color, and gold on silk, Anonymous gift, 1986.92 Phoenix Art Museum Permanent Collection