Still from Land of the Fathers

Still from "Land of the Fathers"

Still from Land of the Fathers

Still from "Daughter in Law"

Central Asian Film Series in West Brattleboro

Gulnara Abikeyeva

Gulnara Abikeyeva,
Central Asian film expert

The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont has begun a year-long Central Asian film series at the C.X. Silver Gallery in West Brattleboro. The five Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are each represented by 10 feature-length films and 10 documentaries, subtitled in English -- half from 1960s Soviet times and half from the 1990s post-Soviet independence era. To promote awareness about Central Asia worldwide, the Open Society Institute (OSI) commissioned Central Asian Cinema expert Gulnara Abikeyeva to compile this collection, which are shown with OSI's permission.

This summer, Trevor Hagen of OSI contacted the Asian Cultural Center: "I found you online and was hoping that you'd be interested in receiving the DVD collection. . . . I am very pleased that, of all of the faxes and emails I sent all over the world, Brattleboro was the first response! I used to visit family there as a child. A beautiful place."

The general plan is for two films to be shown each month, one first screened on a Tuesday at 7:00 pm and then repeated on the following Saturday at 6:00 pm; a second film will follow this pattern later in the month. Film viewing will be followed by a discussion period. Admission is free; donations are welcome to offset the cost of programs and events offered by the Center.

On Saturday, November 10, at 7:00 pm and Sunday the 11th, at 12:30, the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents AA Conversation on Central Asian Film" with two Central Asian Cinema experts, Dr. Abikeyeva of Kazakhstan and Elena Stishova of Russia. Saturday's program includes screening of the Kazakh film "Land of the Fathers," and Sunday presents "Daughter in Law" from Turkmenistan. The C.X. Silver Gallery is at 814 Western Ave. For further information, contact Adam Silver by email at or phone, (802) 579-9088 or (802) 257-7898, ext. 1.

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