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Ripple Effect (2011)

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After a simple act of kindness from an American soldier, a young Afghan boy attempts to unravel a deadly roadside bomb attack.
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Cast overview:
Ari Skye Ari Skye ... Akhtar
Hugh Mun ... Mirwais
Oren Dayan Oren Dayan ... Ajmal
Moshe Yehoshoua Moshe Yehoshoua ... Nabi
Huma Lara Huma Lara ... Zarmina
Patrick Quinlan ... SFC Jack Newman
Christopher McDaniel ... MSG Mark Brady
Kirk M. Smith Kirk M. Smith ... SFC Kirk Smith (as Kirk Smith)
Noah Smith Noah Smith ... SFC Brian Miller (as Noah J. Smith)
James Andrew Walsh James Andrew Walsh ... CPT Joe Morello
Pasha Bocarie ... Afghan National Army Captain
Ahmed Lucan ... Afhan Soldier #1
Fahim Fazli ... Afghan Man


A young Afghan boy witnesses men burying a roadside bomb outside his village in a remote part of Afghanistan. Before he can tell his parents, the same men brutally kill his mother and wound his father. When an American Special Forces team comes to the village as part of a medical clinic, the boy seeks help from the American medic. The soldier promises to help the boy's father, and his compassion makes a powerful impact on the boy. When American surveillance picks up signs of an ambush, the team abruptly leaves the village in an effort to avoid getting villagers caught in the crossfire. The boy realizes the American convoy is speeding into the path of the roadside bomb. He shortcuts through the village to stop them, cutting them off and placing himself in grave danger. Although their cultures are worlds apart, the boy and the soldier share a moment of human connection, which has the power to change the course of events for both of them. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Action | Drama | War







Release Date:

29 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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I Loved "Ripple Effect"-- A Must See!
28 February 2013 | by grfguy17See all my reviews

This thrilling short film tells a story about bridging the divide between cultures with maximum impact. It has emotion, tension, sincerity, cinematic quality, technical expertise, and a strong narrative arc with excellent pacing. The film rises above politics to touch on different world-views, all while achieving heart-in-your throat suspense. It's artistic, entertaining, and leaves you with a sense of hope for the future. The cinematography is gorgeous and the production design is absolutely fantastic-- the colors in this film are amazing. I loved it. If you haven't seen it, see it. I highly recommend it. It gets my highest rating: 10 out of 10.

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