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It was true when Oliver Stone made The Doors, and it’s true now: If you want your film about the spiritual beauty of the Earth and the inhumanity of modern life to be taken 100 percent seriously, for God’s sake, nix the shaman! Unfortunately, this is a lesson that Masik Bolygo disregards in Another Planet, which starts with an awkward, scripted-sounding encounter with a Mexican mystic. But after that initial hiccup, it’s powerful viewing: Bolygo moves seamlessly between the lives of seven children as they suffer through grueling jobs and abhorrent conditions, hovering silently over day-to-day tasks, from the ordinary (haircuts) to the harrowing and ugly (the routines of child soldiers of the Congo).
At 12:30 p.m.; also on Sunday, June 21, at 10:15 a.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.