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Ballad of the Knife Sharpener

Directed by Khalid Ali

November 4 / China, USA / 2017 / Documentary / 19 mins / Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles / Black & White / World Premiere

Preceded By:
Program 6: International Shorts: How To Make Lemonade

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
November 4, 2017 5:00 pm Box Office only


A young knife sharpener from rural China uses his penetrating voice and songs to attract customers as he tries to make ends meet on the streets of Beijing.

Director's Bio

Khalid Ali (Director/Editor) is a filmmaker and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland.  Khalid is co-founder of Ali Films, a dynamic, geographically mobile film production company specializing in documentaries. He has been instructor of digital film at G.W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology since 2010.


Director: Khalid Ali
Producer: Khalid Ali, Omar Ali

Preceded By

  1. Nov 4: Program 6 – International Shorts: How To Make Lemonade

    November 4 / 95 mins
    (Comedy, Romance, Drama, Crime, Documentary Shorts) A small-time hustler and a serenading street knife-sharpener. A dyslexic student and a suspicious gum-toting taxi driver.

    Precedes: Ballad of the Knife Sharpener, in blossom, Monday, Silent Dusk, A Taxi of Coldness