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The Sheep Thief

Algeria / UK, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Fiction)

Director: Asif Kapadia

Tashan, a young street kid, is caught stealing a sheep. He is branded, cast out and left for dead in the desert. He covers up his mark and is taken in by a family who give him food and a roof over his head. When his mark is eventually revealed, he is once again cast out but the charismatic boy has left his own impression on the village he leaves behind. A poignant story of a boy doomed to be a perpetual outsider.

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