During the month of April, Filmatique will screen films from a constellation of post-Soviet nations — Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the Republic of Georgia. These countries have all declared independence in the wake of the disintegration of the former USSR. However, remnants of a fallen empire, to which they all once belonged, pervade the region’s collective consciousness to this day.
Filmatique’s Post-Soviet Cinema Series posits a fundamental question: how to interpret borders that reveal themselves as arbitrary— imaginary and constantly shifting lines between one country and the next, between the colonial past and a way forward, between the preservation of traditional ways of life and a diaspora of young people who seek out the promise of urban life. This dualism is present in the series’s first film— Heavenly Nomadic — which captures the rhythms of Kyrgyzstan’s paradisiacal mountain gorges. True Noon and Nabat depict rural life on the brink of disappearance, while Adventure and Keep Smiling portray urban desperation in Almaty and Tbilisi.
Often, the protagonists are women forced to survive by whatever means they can. Filmatique’s Post-Soviet Cinema Series showcases exciting new voices from an oft-forgotten part of the world, exploring the lingering effects of war as well as notions of history, identity, community, poverty, and hope.
In an exclusive interview with Filmatique, Mirlan Abdykalykov, director of Heavenly Nomadic, discusses the importance of ecology, narrative traditions in Kyrgyzstan and his next project.
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In March, Filmatique emphasized its collection on cinema from banned nations, in April it is exploring post-Soviet cinema, and in May it will showcase new Asian voices.
*Below is a full line-up of post-Soviet cinema on Filmatique:
- March 30 / Heavenly Nomadic (Mirlan Abdykalykov / Kyrgyzstan, 2015)
- April 6 / True Noon (Nosir Saidov / Tajikistan, 2009)
- April 13 / Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu / Azerbaijan, 2014)
- April 20 / Adventure (Nariman Turebayev / Kazakhstan, 2014)
- April 27 / Keep Smiling (Rusudan Chkonia / Georgia, 2012)