Jamilia is the heroine of the classic Kyrgyz novel about a young woman who, having been forced to marry, fled with her lover. Years later, the director meets several generations of Kyrgyz women, resulting in portraits reflecting both the novel’s candour and the strength of today’s Jamilias.
Echard shot her film on silent Super-8 film, recording the sound separately, yet the materiality of the film never feels retro. Instead, the film connects literature, reality and the present. The result is a set of carefully composed portraits whose beauty reflects both the candour of Aitmatov’s novel and the strength of today’s Jamilas.
Director: Aminatou Echard
Event is created with the support of Institut français de Lettonie / Francijas institūts Latvijā.
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