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Amka and the Golden Rules / The Ferry: Cleveland Intl Film Fest / Pura Vida

  • Mar 22, 2014 · 3:45 PM
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The 38th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will be taking place March 19-30. http://clevelandfilm....

You can go to one, both movies or just meet us for the discussions. Note that Saturday nights are a bit chaotic so you might not see anyone until you head over to the restaurant/bar after the second movie.




*** We strongly suggest you buy your tickets ahead of time. You will be glad you did. ***
Use the discount key of WKSU for $2 off.  Again, that website is: http://clevelandfilm....

If the movie is showing in more than one theater, we always go to the second theater and then walk down the aisle on the left hand side of the theater.

4:10 MOVIE 1: Amka and the Golden Rules

You can meet PROMPTLY with the other group at 3:45 in front of the Courtesy Desk in the Food Court.  If you are new, be sure to have your picture displayed to better find other people.   I will likely not be there but perhaps others of you can find each other.

Film could go on standby, but if it does, you will probably still get in (but why deal with the hassle). Be at the entrance line with your tickets by 3:55.

After the movie, if time allows, return to the Pizza place in the food court.  We will be there for only about 10-15 minutes or so, until we head over to the next film.

6:45 MOVIE 2: The Ferry

Be at the entrance line with your tickets by 6:30.

Afterward, head straight to the restaurant/bar. Do not try to find us at the festival. Do not pass to stop. Just Go.

All are welcome...However, priority will be given to members of this meetup group who have paid the annual fee of $5.00 for this year.


Head straight to the restaurant/bar. Do not try to find us at the festival. Do not pass to stop. Just Go.   We will be able to talk to the other group!!!

Pura Vida, 170 Euclid Avenue, (216)[masked] (The group ate here last year and loved it. Check it out.)

It is easy to find but you will want to know where you are going. 


Directions: Walk out of Tower City towards Public Square. TURN RIGHT on the sidewalk. Cross Intersection and you are on Euclid Ave. After you cross the street, it is about 2 minutes of walking (well lit) and you will be at 170 on your right hand side (well BEFORE the Corner alley / East 4th). You will be outside for only 3-5 minutes.

Ask to be seated with the Movie Group if you don't see us when you walk in. Cash is highly recommended.

*** If you plan on joining us ahead of time, please tell us on your RSVP. We will reserve a spot for you at the group table. *** Even if you are not seeing the same movies, feel free to join us for dinner.

4:10 Amka and the Golden Rules (Mongolia)

Amka is a sweet Mongolian boy. The tragic loss of his parents has made him the sole provider for his family. He wakes up early to go into town and get water for his little sister, reminding her about the importance of washing her hands. He collects plastic bottles for money, only for his older brother to waste it getting drunk every night. One day he finds a gold coin and sells it at the local store for money. Now he has cool clothes and the other village boys let him play soccer. Amka shirks off his responsibilities, spending all day playing pay-by-the-hour video games until his money runs out and he has to borrow more from his friends. When he can’t repay his debts, he escapes to the countryside where his uncle exposes him to the old ways of life and teaches him a valuable lesson about responsibility.

6:45 The Ferry (China)

Tian Huai'en is a quiet and simple man. Most of his life is spent on the tiny boat he uses to ferry people back and forth across the Dasha river. It's his life work, though he won't accept a dime for doing it. In our fast-paced, money-driven society, it's a concept that seems unfathomable. Even his own son Chuanjie finds it ridiculous. After his mother died, he left his dad for the city to earn money and live a more modern life. When he gets word that Huai'en is sick, he returns home to find him in a fragile state. The question of who will take over the ferry looms. Over the course of a week, their frigid relationship goes through a remarkable transformation. As Chuanjie learns the reasons behind his father's selfless duty, he begins to see him in a more honorable light. Will their bonding experience lead him to carry the torch? THE FERRY is an absolutely beautiful film, both visually and in its powerful display of integrity and undying gratitude


GETTING THERE: Parking is Free (with validation!), but it gets very crowded so allow plenty of time, especially on weekends. Consider taking RTA.

BUYING TICKETS: For most films, I recommend you buy tickets online ahead of time or at the festival. Some of the films sell out. Others go on standby, which means you will be admitted if there are seats available, but it requires more waiting. As a last resort, you could see another movie and meet us afterwards.  If you use the code WKSU, you will save $2 / ticket.  http://clevelandfilm....

OTHER MOVIES AT THE CIFF: I would encourage you to post other CIFF movies you may be attending so that others may be able to join you.


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  • Lynda

    An unforgettable evening! Both films were priceless: the characters and the timeless meanings. So glad you chose them, Jim & Amy! I had to hold my breath to keep from exclaiming about the beautiful photography in The Ferry. Pura Vida didn't disappoint.

    March 23, 2014

  • Renu

    Loved "The Ferry"! "Amka" was aimed at kids. Pura Vida was wonderful. I had a great day with the group--it was so much fun running into various members throughout the day. Special thank you to Jim for organizing (He did all the work)...and, more importantly, for creating this group!

    March 23, 2014

    • Lynda

      (about Amka) Maybe so, but there are many adults who need to learn the lessons Amka learned. The world would be a better place if only they would!

      March 23, 2014

  • Jims

    The Ferry reminds me of some of the best Chinese films I have ever seen. Amy loved it also. She felt it was very realistic - except for the girlfriend of the lead character. She was way too cosmopolitan for living in the country. The accents were really northern types, but those are minor items. Note the rivers are really that green in Spring so that is another reason to go visit China again - in that season. For a first film, he hit a home run. Thanks for being part of a special day at the Film Festival

    March 23, 2014

  • Susan

    Enjoyed the 1st movie thoroughly, LOVED the 2nd movie. Beautiful. Thanks Jim & Renu. Pura Vida was very good.

    March 23, 2014

  • Marlene


    March 22, 2014

  • Jims

    As of Wednesday night, both films still have tickets available. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

    March 19, 2014

  • Marlene

    We are looking forward to seeing the second movie and having dinner with all of you.

    March 16, 2014

  • Vivian

    I just got home from visiting my parents in florida. when I figure out my movie schedule I will let you know if I can meet you for dinner. I have a pass this year so fortunately don't have to do the regular line. can't wait for the festival to start!

    March 11, 2014

  • Susan

    The link to Pura Vida appears to be broken.

    March 9, 2014

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