Washington D.C. Premiere
CARAVAN (Spain, 2004, 85 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere Rabdoulah and Pemba are two 12-year-old boys living in very different and remote parts of the world who are both set to embark on their first caravan – a long journey through treacherous terrain along trade routes their ancestors have traveled for generations. Rabdoulah is Tuareg and lives in Niger near the vast Ténéré desert. His father asks him to join an upcoming 13-day camel trek to the oasis of Fachi, where they will trade agricultural products from their village for salt and dates. Pemba lives in Nepal’s upper Dolpo region, high in the Himalayas at the border of Tibet. As a second-born son, he is studying to be a Buddhist monk and will soon leave the monastery to attend school in Kathmandu. But first he will accompany his grandfather on a donate caravan of yaks through the mountains to the valleys below to trade salt for agricultural goods. The documentary follows each boy’s separate but parallel journey through contrasting terrain – the flat desert of Niger and the steep mountains of Nepal – rivaling one another in grandeur and potential peril. Featuring breathtaking cinematography that captures the beauty of the remote landscapes, Caravan spotlights two boys on the journey of a lifetime, preparing them for futures that will take them away from the traditions of their people. In Dolpo and Tamashek with English subtitles and narration. Directed by Gerardo Olivares and produced by Javier Linares, Agustin Almodóvar and Esther Garcia.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
FREE, no reservations needed
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium,
Fourth St. & Constitution Ave., NW
(METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial)