Video Essay / Uzbek cinema / woman
Victims of patriarchy, the socialist engine of production, or the subjects of desire in a period of thawing, float in the currents of reform and opening policies to seek survival after the transition to capitalism. From the silent film The Minaret of Death (1925) to the recent Forty Days of Silence (2014), 24 films give a glimpse into the history of women in Uzbekistan. A montage of five predictable lives. Meanwhile, the faces and bodies of twenty female actors build a new constellation in the history of cinema that emits unpredictable light. [SHIN Eun-shil]
Born in 1981, Tashkent. Ismailova is one of the representatives of a new generation of artists from Central Asia who came of age in the post-Soviet era and have established cosmopolitan artistic lives while remaining deeply engaged with their native region as a source of creative inspiration.