The Lower Rooms by Eliza Anderson, winner of Best Drama and Best Actor at the 2016 OIFF, is the story of Tenzin, a Tibetan survivor of political torture in Portland, Oregon for rehabilitation. Porducted by Sowelu and The Narrative, Tenzin comes to stay at the home of Madeline, a worker in the rehabilitation center. Finding himself home all day with Madeline’s teenage daughter Rosie, he becomes reluctantly embroiled in her angst, loneliness, invasive curiosity and dangerous game playing. When Rosie finds herself in danger after her boyfriend Benny becomes involved in a cult, she seeks desperate refuge from Tenzin. The two, forced together by an unusual bond created by life’s atrocities, open to one another for survival and healing. Directed by Barry Hunt and Nathan Wilson and featuring Kelly Tallent, Lobsang Tenzin, J’ena SanCartier, Kelly Lambert and Ty McCallister. DP, Tyler Warren. Look for upcoming screenings.