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Sunflower

Documentary Film
Kyrgyzstan
2018
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Chingiz Narynov, Aikyz Gaparova
Chyngyz Sulumbekov
Chyngyz Sulumbekov
Dastan Madalbekov, Tilek Sarybaev
Nurlanbek Kamchybekov
An elderly Kirghiz who lives in a caravan in the middle of his sunflower field is in search of love. Nowadays, he’s convinced, you find it online. Finally, three women are on the short list and the optimistic Kerimbei is forced to learn that the modern way of communication does have its pitfalls. A delightful miniature about love in the age of Tinder and the question of what it means when a woman doesn’t answer her mobile phone.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

The The Way to Mecca

Documentary Film
Kyrgyzstan
2012
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Asel Zhuraeva, Tazar cinemacompany
Habibulla Aziretkulov
Dastan Zhapar uulu
Zhekshen Zhumashev
Asel Zhuraeva
Dastan Zhapar uulu
80-year-old Sulaiman Turdubayev from the village of Alga in the Kirghiz district of Kadamjay leads a modest, hard working life. Taking care of the vines in the garden is an effort and his wife with her bent back also makes very slow progress with the harvest. They rest in the evening sun. The ritual memorial of the Great Patriotic War, celebrated with lots of pomp and circumstance, is the one highlight in the even flow of their life. 120 young men from Alga lost their lives in that war. Sulaiman is one of the last two surviving veterans. And it is not before the end of this small, quiet study that we learn what the memory of the war really means to this strict Muslim...
Here is a voice worth listening to from a country which in the past few years was practically non-existent in the international documentary film landscape. Untainted by social romanticism it reminds us of something we may safely assume to be extinct in our part of the world: a deep, natural humility that is a source of contentment.
– Grit Lemke