by Robert Bell
ARGENTA FILM SERIES: 'MARATHON BOY'
7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $8.
"Marathon Boy" is the story of Budhia Singh, a small boy from the Indian slums who is capable of running incredible distances. He had finished dozens of marathons before the age of 5 with the help of his coach and adoptive guardian, Biranchi Das.
Controversy erupts when Das is accused of child exploitation by the Indian government and again when he is arrested and accused by Singh of torture. Not to give too much away, but things take an even darker turn after Das is arrested.
The film, which follows Singh for five years, won top documentary honors at the Little Rock Film Festival last June. Director Gemma Atwal will be on hand for a Q&A at this screening.