Directed by: Anna Moiseenko
Runtime: 66 minutes
Country: Russia, Tajikistan, France
Language: Shugnan, Tajik, Russian with English subtitles
Abdulmamad Bekmamadov goes to find work in Moscow to provide for his family living in the far away snow-capped Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. While separated from his kin, Abdul finds solace in the traditional Pamirian music that he writes and performs, transforming the hardships of urban life and his deep yearning for home into witty and humorous, yet heartbreakingly earnest songs. Russian filmmaker Anna Moiseenko’s sensitive documentary follows Abdul’s journey as he reunites with his family after a decade to organise his daughter’s marriage.
Songs of Abdul will be available for rent via Vimeo On Demand at USD$3.50 from 19 June to 16 July 2020. Please click on the “Book Now” button which will redirect you to Vimeo. Upon purchase, the film will be available to you for 48 hours.
Due to the closure of cinemas following the COVID-19 pandemic, Whose House Is This? : New Cinema of Central Asia is the first programme from the Asian Film Archive that will be presented entirely online, as part of the newly-launched series “Rewired”.