Where Is the Friend's Home?

As the figurative summer in New Orleans enters its waning days with Labor Day Weekend just around the corner, Zeitgeist has decided to wade into the kid-friendly screening swimming pool. But in typical Zeitgeist fashion, this ain't exactly The Lion King. No, Rene Broussard has selected two critically acclaimed films, both of which were cited by the British Film Institute as among the "Top Ten Films All Children Should See Before the Age of 14." The weekend starts off with Ken Loach's 1969 film, Kes (8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and pictured here), based on Barry Hines' best-selling novel A Kestrel for a Knave. The knave in question is Billy Casper (David Bradley), whose training of the kestrel (or falcon) brings him personal fulfillment while enduring cruelty and indifference at his school. Staggered with this screening is Abbas Kiarostami's 1987 film, Where Is the Friend's Home? (8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday), about an Iranian boy (Babek Ahmed Poor) who undertakes a perilous journey to a nearby village to return a classmate's exercise book. Tickets $6 general admission, $5 students/seniors/unemployed, $4 Zeitgeist members, free to children under 14 years old.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27; 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28