Region in Focus: Central Asia

Region in Focus: Central Asia

Explore our collection of classic and contemporary film from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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Region in Focus: Central Asia
  • Tulpan
    Movie + 1 extra

    Tulpan

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    Directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy • 2008 • Kazakhstan

    Sergei Dvortsevoy’s Cannes-awarded fiction feature debut is part ethnography, part romantic comedy, and part beginners’ guide to sheep-rearing. Recently demobbed from the Russian Navy, idealistic young Asa returns to his family home on Kazakhstan...

  • The Gentle Indifference of the World

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    Directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov • 2018 • Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan’s king of the offbeat and the absurd, Adilkhan Yerzhanov is at his lyrical best in this tale of innocence corrupted. When her father commits suicide, country girl Saltanat (Dinara Baktybayeva) is forced to travel to the city in search...

  • The Needle

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    Directed by Rachid Nougmanov • 1988 • USSR/Kazakhstan

    Part Pulp Fiction, part Betty Blue, Rachid Nougmanov’s cult punk film portrays the attempt of an enigmatic drifter (Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi) to free his ex-girlfriend from the clutches of a morphine-peddling surgeon. Contrasting the sh...

  • Beshkempir
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    Beshkempir

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    Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov • 1998 • Kyrgyzstan

    This award-winning film proved to be a catalyst for Kyrgyz cinema’s post-Soviet development. The second part of an autobiographical series based on director Aktan Abdykalykov’s own life, Beshkempir tells a tale of tumultuous adolescence. The pro...

  • I Remember You
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    I Remember You

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    Directed by Ali Khamraev • 1985 • USSR/Uzbekistan

    This hypnotic, autobiographical film is dedicated to the memory of the director’s father – actor and director Ergash Khamraev, one of the founders of Uzbek cinema. Honouring the request of his sick mother, young Tashkent native Kim sets off in se...

  • Triptych
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    Triptych

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    Directed by Ali Khamraev • 1980 • USSR/Uzbekistan

    Three women’s lives intersect in a small town in Uzbekistan following the war. The first is an old woman trapped in a forced marriage; the second is a schoolteacher intent on imposing progress on the remote region; the third is a young woman dete...

  • Twenty Days Without War

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    Directed by Aleksei German • 1976 • USSR/Russia

    One of the few “cinéma-vérité” gems centred around Second World War, Aleksei German’s sophomore film is a melancholic yet deft investigation into the true wages of war. Disillusioned correspondent Lopatin is granted twenty days of leave from the St...