It's your typical, feel-good, inspirational story
about a poor kid whose dream comes true through his own hard work and the help
of an inspiring mentor. Except it doesn't quite happen that way in real life.
In Gemma Atwal's Marathon Boy (2010), a four-year-old kid escapes from his
squalid origins Slumdog Millionaire-style
when he's trained to become India's
greatest runner. But what happens next is a tale of corruption, greed, and
surprising humanity that mirrors aspects of Indian society today. One more in
the outstanding DocYard series of non-fiction films, it screens at the Brattle
Theatre, 40 Brattle St,
Cambridge | Monday, April 16 @ 8 pm | $9.75; $7.75
students; $6.75 seniors | 617.876.6837 or brattlefilm.org.