Director Amit Ashraf at Mercyhurst to introduce his film, ‘Runaway’

Film from the roof top

Director Amit Ashraf will be at Mercyhurst University on Friday, Oct. 5, to introduce his film “Runaway,” which is an offering of the university’s On Screen/In Person Film Series, sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The screening is in Taylor Little Theater at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m.

In the crowded city of Dhaka it is easy for absconding men to hide. But one man named Babu is charged with the task of finding these runaways and returning them to their families in the village. After years of searching he finally stumbles upon his big catch; a political candidate named Akbar. Through careful planning, Babu sets a plan to capture Akbar and take him on a journey to confront his past. But as they travel deeper into Akbar’s forgotten history, a loyal henchman named Raj is closely on their tail to find and avenge his boss.

Ashraf picked up his first camera at the age of 11, collaborating on projects with his cousins and using water guns for props. His artistic background includes forays into animation and playwriting. His love for story and character led him to New York University’s dramatic writing program. "Runaway," filmed on location in Bangladesh, is Ashraf’s first feature film.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for President’s Cardholders and free for Mercyhurst students with ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000 or by visiting

PHOTO: On location in Bangladesh

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