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Documentaries: Central Asian Studies

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Kazakh Documentary Films of Soviet Time

PN1993.5 .K3 K39 2008 DVD
160 minutes ; 9 films
The Mystery of Open Palm (Kazakhfilm, 1968, 10 min.) / dir. Oraz Abishev.
Touching the Eternity (Kazakhfilm, 1966, 10 min.) / dir. Ararat Mashanov.
Kamshat (Kazakhfilm, 1975, 10 min.) / dir. Asya Suleyeva.
Photo is Necessary (Kazakhfilm, 1975, 10 min.) / dir. Yury Piskunov.
Interval (Kazakhfilm, 1982, 20 min.) / dir. Sergey Azimov.
City and Smog (Kazakhfilm, 1984, 18 min.) / dir. Vladimir Tatenko.
Scenes at the Fountain (Kazakhfilm, 1986, 30 min.) / dir. Igor Gonopolsky.
I will Advocate Myself (Kazakhfilm, 1987, 28 min.) / dir. Vladimir Tyulkin.
Kumshagal Story (Kazakhfilm, 1987, 20 min.) / dir. Igor Vovnyanko.

Kazakh Documentary Films of Independance

PN1993.5 .K3 K393 2008 DVD
130 minutes ; 5 films
Nevada-Kazakhstan (Kazakhfilm, 1990, 10 min.) /dir. Sergey Shafir.
Zhana-Arka (Kazakhfilm, 1991, 10 min.) /dir. Ersain Abdrakhmanov.
Chronicle of Undeclared Demonstration (Kazakhfilm, 1991, 70 min.) /dir. Asya Baygozhina, Naana Chankova.
Kazakh Pre-Muslim Ceremonies and Religious Faiths (Kazakhfilm, 1993, 20 min.) /dir. Bakhyt Gafu.
Happiness (Kazakhfilm, 1995, 22 min.) /dir. Sergey Dvortsevoy.

Kyrgyz Documentary Films of Soviet Time

PN1993.5 .K98 K97 2008 DVD
130 minutes ; 8 films
Monaschi (Kyrgyzfilm, 1965, 10 min.) / dir. Bolotbek Shamshiev
There are Horses (Kyrgyzfilm, 1965, 20 min.) / dir. Tolomush Okeyev
Cape of the Bay Runner (Kyrgyzfilm, 1966, 20 min.) / dir. Izya Gershtein
I serve to the Soviet Union (Kyrgyzfilm, 1966, 20 min.) / dir. Melis Ubukeyev
Castles on the Sand (Kyrgyzfilm, 1967, 20 min.) / dir. Yakov Bronshtein
Boom (Kyrgyzfilm, 1969, 10 min.) / dir. Tolomush Okeyev
The Poet (Kyrgyzfilm, 1972, 10 min.) / dir. Bekesh Abdyldayev
Cosmonaut's Nomad Encampment (Kyrgyzfilm, 1982, 20 min.) / dir. Shamil Dzhaparov.

Kyrgyz Documentary Films of Independance

PN1993.5 .K98 K974 2008 DVD
120 minutes ; 9 films
The Dog Was Running (Kyrgyzfilm, 1990, 17 min.) / dir. Aktan Abdykalykov, Erkin Ryspayev.
High Shore (Kyrgyztelefilm, 1991, 18 min.) / dir. Asan Aitikeyev.
The Devil's Bridge (Kyrgyzfilm, 1997, 10 min.) / dir. Temir Birnazarov.
Nomad Encampment (Gosteleradiocorporation, 1998, 20 min.) / dir. Tynay Ibragimov.
Algambra (Telecompany TVK, 2001, 10 min.) / dir. Ernest Abdyzhaparov.
Asyl (Manas, 2004, 13 min.) / dir. Ludmila Grebenshikova, Anara Birismanova.
Crash Down From the Seventh Floor (Deleks 2006, 15 min.) / dir. Dalmira Telepbergenova.
Neighbors (Kyrgyztelefilm, 2007, 12 min.) / dir. Tynay Ibragimov.
I Want to Live (Manas, 2007, 7 min.) / dir. Nargiza Mamatkulova.

Tajik Documentary Films of Soviet Time

PN1993.5 .T3 T35 2008 DVD
125 minutes ; 10 films
The Arrival of Train to Dushanbe (Agitfilm, 1929, 2 min.)
Lullaby (Tajikfilm, 1966, 10 min.) / dir. Davlat Khudonazarov
12 km of Road (Tajikfilm, 1973, 10 min.) / dir. Bako Sadykov
Cereals (Tajikfilm, 1982, 20 min.) / dir. Mayram Yusupova
Adonis XIV (Tajikfilm, 1985, 10 min.) / dir. Bako Sadykov
Zhakon (Tajikfilm, 1986, 20 min.) / dir. Safarbek Soliev
Typhoon Tamara (Tajikfilm, 1986, 10 min.) / dir. Pulat Akhamatov
Tobacco (Tajikfilm, 1988, 10 min.) / dir. Safarbek Soliev
Face (Tajikfilm, 1989, 16 min.) / dir. Mayram Yusupova
Cup of Time (Tajikfilm, 1990, 16 min.) / dir. Gulyandom Muhabbatova, Daler Rakhmatov.

Tajik Documentary Films of Independence

PN1993.5 .T3 T355 2008 DVD
110 minutes ; 5 films
Ancestry's Country (Tajikfilm, 1993, 20 mi.) / dir. Orzu Sharipov
Posira (Tajikfilm, 1999, 7 mi.) / dir. Nosir Rakhmonov, Safar Hakdodov
Business Trip (August Studio, 1998, 40 mi.) / dir. Mayram Yuspova
11.000 km from New York (Eurasia Telecinema Enterprises, 2004, 20 mi.) / dir. Orzu Sharipov
New Penelope (Kinoservice, 2006, 26 mi.) / dir. Georgy Dzalaeyv.

Turkmen Documentary Films of Soviet Time and Independence

PN1993.5 .T93 T974 2008 DVD
70 minutes ; 10 films
The Story of One Run (Turmenfilm, 1986, 16 min.) / dir. Murad Alieyv
Aura (Turmenfilm, 1987, 10 min.) / dir. Murad Alieyv

8 Films of Velmurad Ovezov:
The Song; Watermelons; Weaving; Jewellery; Carpet; Akhaltekin Horses
The Patriarch; New Ashgabat.

Uzbek Documentary Films of Soviet Time

PN1993.5 .U9 U93 2008 DVD
110 minutes ; 6 films
Khudaibergen Devonov (Uzbekfilm, 1970, 10 min.) / dir. S. Davlatov
Teacher (Uzbekfilm, 1962, 10 min.) / dir. N. Ataullaeyva
The feat of Tashkent (Uzbekfilm, 1975, 18 min.) / dir. Ali Khamrayev
Yashmak (Uzbekfilm, 1977, 6 min.) / dir. Malik Kayumov
Aralkum (Uzbekfilm, 1987, 40 min.) / dir. B. Muzofarov
Men. Men! Men? (Uzbekfilm, 1987, 20 min.) / dir. D. Salimov.

Uzbek Documentary Films of Independence

PN1993.5 .U9 U934 2008 DVD
110 minutes ; 5 films
Black ashes (Uzbekkino, 1997, 15 min.) / dir. Shuhrat Mahmutov
Creation (Uzbekkino, 2001, 20 min.) / dir. R. Ibrohimov
The wall (Uzbekkino, 2003, 25 min.) / dir. Turaniyaz Kalimbetov
Akhmad Yassayu (Uzbekkino, 2004, 17 min.) / dir. Dzhahongir Kasymov
The first step (Uzbekkino, 2006, 26 min.) / dir. Shuhrat Mahmutov.

Also of interest

Povelitel' mukh = Lord of the Flies.

PN1997 .P684 2006 DVD SMC
50 minutes; released 1990.
The film “The Lord of the Flies” has been viewed not only as the ethnic documentary film but also the feature film - the artistic background of which reflects the downfall of Soviet Union. Directed by Vladimir Tyulkin.
Dialogue in Russian and Turkmen; optional English subtitles.