Ramin Bahrani's "Man Push Cart."
Pushcart world and Latin festival
It's 3 am in Manhattan, the hour of rumbling garbage trucks, glaring headlights, and the bluish florescent glow of the all-night delis. Trudging alongside the honking traffic, Ahmad drags a coffee and bagel cart to a busy midtown corner. Hours later, he is swiftly and efficiently selling steaming cups of "coffee regular" to rushing New Yorkers. In the afternoons, he battles traffic to return the cart to a warehouse, occasionally peddling bootleg DVDs for extra cash along the way. A solitary, quiet loner, Ahmad strikes up slightly awkward friendships with Noemi, a young Spanish woman who works at a newsstand, and wealthy, jovial Mohammad, who is shocked when he realizes Ahmad was a famous singer in Pakistan. Through Ahmad's relationships with both his new friends and his estranged family, we come to understand that he is haunted by a tragedy in his past.
Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents "Man Push Cart" Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets $6 or $4 for members. This film is not rated; 87 minutes.
LatinBeat 2006 festival
LatinBeat 2006 begins Sunday, Oct. 22, times and dates TBA, Island Theater, Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $6 or $25 for the series. For more information, call 508-939-9399.