One night in the outback mining town of Dampier, Western Australia, a dying dog lies in the backroom of the town’s only pub. Not just any…
Winner, Best Children’s Feature Film, 2011
Buta is a lonely seven year old Azerbaijani boy who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. He is befriended by an old man, a liquid soap merchant who once loved (and lost) Buta’s grandmother. The old man’s friendship and wise advice helps Buta. Buta’s grandmother is weaving a special carpet in memory of Buta’s mother. The carpet features a ‘buta’ pattern, which represents love. Buta is inspired to create a ‘buta’ made of rocks and stones high on top of the mountain. People in planes – and birds – will admire it as they fly by. Azim, the town bully, jealous of Buta’s friendship with Gulyanag, Azim’s sister, wants to make Buta’s life a misery.
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