Her Five Lives (2020)
Directed by: Saodat Ismailova
Runtime: 13 minutes
Country: Uzbekistan, Singapore
Language: No Dialogue
Rating: PG13 (Brief Nudity)
Commissioned as part of Asian Film Archive’s Monographs, a series of essays on Asian cinema, this essay film examines the changing role of female heroine archetypes in Uzbek cinematic history, situating filmic representations of women in a broader context of social and political transformation.
40 Days of Silence (Chilla) (2014)
Directed by: Saodat Ismailova
Runtime: 88 minutes
Country: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Germany, France
Language: Uzbek with English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (Some disturbing scenes)
GOLDEN ALHAMBRA (Best Film)
Cines del Sur Granada Film Festival 2014
Burdened by the weight of her past deeds, a young woman, Bibicha, retreats to her grandmother’s house in rural Uzbekistan and undertakes a 40-day vow of silence as atonement. She lives with three women from three different generations, each embodying their own secrets and struggles. Told largely through meditative static shots and sparse dialogue, artist-filmmaker Saodat Ismailova presents a domestic matriarchal space devoid of men, who only live as shadows and distant memories.
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