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Train Surfing: One Mistake and This Illegal 'Sport' Might Kill You

In Mumbai, India, a crew of young daredevils finds an escape from the slums in the dangerous "sport" of train surfing. These teenagers defy death out of boredom—hanging on to the outside of trains for a few exhilarating minutes of adrenaline rush. In addition to putting themselves in extreme danger, they also risk police beatings and heavy fines for engaging in the illegal activity.

Watch India’s train surfers tempt fate with high-speed stunts in this entrancing short film by Adrien Cothier. For more information, read director Adrien Cothier's interview with the American Film Institute (AFI).

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