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ELKO — The Ruby Mountain Film Festival and the Elko Cinema Society, in conjunction with the POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association and the Crystal Theater, are presenting a “Military Matinee Double Feature” in honor of Veterans Day. 

The double feature will present two military-themed films that were submitted for the 2011 Ruby Mountain Film Festival: “Perspectives That Bring Us Together” and “The Triangle of Death.” 

 At the center of the short film “Perspectives That Bring Us Together,” directed by Jitesh Bhakta and Kira Gentry, are the voices of men and women who served in the U.S. Marines Corps as well as family members stationed beside their loved ones. 

The movie celebrates their courage and sacrifices made.

“The Triangle of Death” takes place during the 2004-2005 time frame, during Iraq’s transition from a dictatorship to a democracy. In order to tell the story of the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines, director Folleh S. Tamba had to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted as a reservist and, upon completing his basic training and MOS, he was assigned to the unit and sent to Iraq.

Upon returning to the United States, Folleh called a longtime friend and fellow filmmaker, Juan Montelongo, with whom he began shooting his documentary, according to a press release from RMFF. 

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They both went on a month and a half long road trip tracking down his fellow Marines and getting their story on tape. In short, this is a story of people helping people regardless of politics, presidents or public opinion. 

 The “Military Matinee Double Feature” will be held Nov. 11 at the Crystal Theater. The first showing will start at 12:30 p.m. with an encore showing of the films at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is a $10 donation, with all proceeds benefiting the POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association and the RMFF. 

For information about the benefit showing, or RMFF email or call 775-299-4484.

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