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Morphin' Orphans

Homeless boy and his sis change their lives on the streets of New York in 2007 film.

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Welcome to the slums of the Big Apple, where a couple of homeless, orphaned siblings scrape by in the Ramin Bahrani-directed flick Chop Shop. In the shadows of Shea Stadium, 12-year-old Alejandro works at an auto-body shop — when he's not selling bootlegged DVDs or snatching purses. His 16-year-old sister, Isamar, juggles her time between a menial job in a food van by day and turning tricks at night. The pair's main goal is to pool enough cash to buy their own meals-on-wheels truck, a dream that sparks the only euphoria in their otherwise drab lives. The screening starts at 7 tonight and 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Tickets are $6 to $8. Call 216-421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque.
Fri., June 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 9 p.m., 2008

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