W-D: Anthony MarasAmir is a former teacher now selling rugs in his native Kabul and teaching on the side while always keeping an eye peeled for the brutal Taliban. When he escapes with his asthmatic son to Australia, they discover an equally cruel life in the Woomera Detention Centre. Beautifully shot and seamlessly acted, "Azadi" offers a stark view of our durability in the worst of times, à la Solzhenitsyn's take on Russian gulags. Joe O'Connell
"Azadi" screens as part of Shorts Program 5 on Friday, Oct. 21, 7:45pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:10pm at the Dobie.