[image-1]In embracing a variety of films — from the complicated imaginings of Chris Nolan to the genius of Martin Scorsese — sometimes it’s nice to take the road less travelled.

That’s the goal of the Rural Route Film Festival, a collection of unique short films centering mainly on rural life and the countryside, highlighting contemporary issues like agriculture and farming politics. The festival will hit Charleston this Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Olde Village Community Building in North Charleston.

“A lot of our films explore a more artistic side of this kind of life, with plenty of [the] old world encapsulated in the culture,” says Festival Director Alan Webber. Don’t let the ‘rural’ title fool you though. The scope of the festival’s lineup spans the globe. From the icy altitudes of Ecuadorian mountain Chimborazo to the traditional Balinese funeral ritual Ngaben, attendees will learn about eclectic peoples and cultures they may never get to experience otherwise.

“The [festival’s] about change in general and the state of unique cultures, with a cluster of experimental films that really push boundaries,” Webber adds. This year marks the return of the festival, as it will hit the Charleston area for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online.