Only the Devil Lives Without Hope (2020)

  • November 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Directed by: Magnus Gertten
Runtime: 85 minutes
Country: Sweden, Norway
Language: Russian, Uzbek, Swedish with English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (Some Mature Content)

Full Synopsis

The titular phrase is the mantra of Uzbek human rights activist Dilya as she pursues justice for her brother, Iskandar, incarcerated in the notorious Jaslyk Prison in the middle of the Uzbek desert. Living in exile, Dilya’s pursuit for justice transcends time and space as she meditates on the world she, and many others, have left but not forgotten. Beyond a singular account of human rights abuse, the documentary presents a multivalent and sobering portrait of the post-Soviet totalitarian regime’s far-reaching tentacles and the shadow it continues to cast on the lives of those in exile, including activists and journalists living in Istanbul, Kazakhstan and Sweden. Though Dilya’s memories often find their visual form in fuzzy VHS footage from the 2000s, a clearer future is hinted at when she receives a letter from behind the prison walls.

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