Directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov • 1991 • USSR/Tajikistan

This restoration of the debut feature from Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov, the director who put Tajik cinema on the international map, is a gem of Central Asia film from the very end of the Soviet era. This Huckleberry Finn-style adventure follows two brothers – teenage Farukh (Firuz Sabsaliev) and seven-year-old Azamat (Timur Tursunov) – on a train ride across the plains and mountains of Tajikistan in search of their estranged father, who works in a sanatorium on the Afghan border. A touching and rarely seen snapshot of a nation on the verge of definitive change, Brother is also a moving evocation of childhood and adolescence.

Directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Written by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov and Leonid Kachmanov
Cinematography by Georgi Dzalayev
Music by Achmad Bakajev
Starring: Timur Tursunov, Firuz Sabsaliev, N. Arifova

In Russian and Tajik with English subtitles

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  • In conversation with Firuz Sabsaliev and Anisa Sabiri

    Samizdat Film Festival co-curator Ilia Ryzhenko discusses Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov’s newly restored Tajik classic Brother with Anisa Sabiri, director of previous Samizdat programme title Rhythms of Lost Time (2021) and Firuz Sabsaliev, the lead actor in Khudojnazarov’s film. The conversation ranges...