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Uzbek Cinema then and now: Saodat Ismailova and Ali Khamraev

Uzbek Cinema then and now: Saodat Ismailova and Ali Khamraev

Artist and filmmaker Saodat Ismailova whose exhibition ‘18,000 Worlds’ can be seen at Eye, will talk to great Uzbek director Ali Khamraev. His work was a major influence on Ismailova’s development as a filmmaker.

poster Saodat Ismailova  – 18,000 Worlds

This programme features two Uzbek filmmakers from different generations. Ali Khamraev (Tashkent, 1937) is an influential and prolific Uzbek director who also worked as an actor, producer and screenwriter. He has shot a total of some 50 documentaries and feature films. He mostly made films in the Uzbek Socialist Soviet Republic and it is only a matter of time before his oeuvre will be rediscovered internationally.

Saodat Ismailova became a filmmaker in an independent Uzbekistan and was always deeply interested in her country’s cinematic history. This promises to be a detailed conversation about Central Asian cinema, cinematic history’s influence and the work of filmmakers working under various ideological systems. Excerpts from works by both filmmakers will be screened.

Saodat Ismailova’s exhibition 18,000 Worlds, which features installations and video works, explores the invisible foundations of Central Asia. Using personal and collective memories, the artist links myths and the region’s recent history examining the healing effects of spiritual heritage.

See the exhibition page for the other public programmes accompanying the exhibition and the screenings of Central Asian films selected by Saodat Ismailova, including work from Ali Khamraev: The Seventh Bullet (1973) on March 11; Triptych (1979) on March 29 and Man Follows Birds (1975) on April 21. Films especially selected for ‘18,000 Worlds’ are also available on Eye Film Player.


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