Program 5

Even at an early age, one’s immediate surroundings can determine the nature of one’s existence. Thus a boy in Yangon has to earn a living by washing cars, while a different boy spends a magical summer vacation on a Baltic Sea island. No man is an island; every man and woman has a relationship to someone — at least to their own parents, if not to a tribe as well. A mother and her son, both Australian Aborigines, notice how strongly their roots create a bond between them. Three siblings in Belgium attend to their father’s burial, which is also quite funny, and in small-town Canada, a girl’s father’s rifle is used to commit a criminal act.

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