When's the last time you saw a movie chase scene that takes place 15,000 feet above sea level, where the oxygen is so thin that running means courting death with every step? If your answer is never, head over to the Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Society Headquarters (1600 M St. NW, 202-857-7700, www.nationalgeographic.com/nglive). There, you can see the Tibetan-Chinese production
"Kekexili: Mountain Patrol" (above), one of 20 films being shown at the second All Roads Film Festival, which begins this Thursday and runs through Oct. 2. (Filmgoers can purchase a festival pass for $56; individual screenings are $10.)
Designed to bring the work of indigenous and underrepresented minority filmmakers to a wider audience, All Roads includes cinematic shorts and features from such diverse locales as Colombia, Israel, Morocco, Zimbabwe and the Philippines. "The hallmark of great storytelling is presenting something in a way you've never seen before -- something Hollywood no longer seems capable of doing," says festival director Mark Bauman. "So if you really want to be surprised, to be challenged to think in different ways, you have to engage with different cultures and different ways of telling a story."