THE SHORT FILM THE HAUNTED (2017) WILL PRECEDE THE SCREENING OF RHYTHMS OF LOST TIME (2021)
The Haunted (2017)
Original Title: Zakletý
Directed by: Saodat Ismailova
Runtime: 23 minutes
Country: Uzbekistan, Norway
Language: Uzbek with English subtitles
Extinct for many decades, the Turan tiger – native to the Central Asian landscape – lives on in the collective memory of the people – a spectre from a forgotten past. Utilising archival footage, dynamic soundscapes along with the filmmaker’s own voiceover, The Haunted is a hallucinatory essay film that symbolically explores the history of Soviet colonial subjugation and erasure experienced in the region.
Rhythms of Lost Time (2021)
Original Title: Аз алла то вобалам
Directed by: Anisa Sabiri
Runtime: 45 minutes
Language: Tajik, English with English subtitles
In Tajikistan’s mountainous province of Badakhshan, music is deeply embedded in people’s lives—present in everyday agricultural activities, as well as significant events like weddings and funerals. A celebration of its infinitely regenerative nature, this ethnographic documentary captures how Tajik music has both transcended and subverted political and cultural boundaries of the region, including Zoroastrian, Soviet, Islamic, and capitalist influences. Seen as contradicting state narratives at different times in its history, whether Soviet secularism or current laws which ban elaborate ritual ceremonies, Tajik music and its players have learned to conceal, disguise or rebrand in order to survive. An artful blend of narration, interviews, and musical performances, Rhythms of Lost Time presents the endurance of these ancient musical rituals across centuries, owing to its shapeshifting ability to oscillate multiple identities and histories.
For the full Whose House Is This: New Cinema of Central Asia programme, please visit the main programme page here.
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