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Cinemas of the Other

A Personal Journey with Film-Makers from Central Asia

2nd Edition

Updated collections of recent interviews with filmmakers whose works represent trends in the film industries of Central Asia and the Middle East, these two new geospecific editions expand upon the earlier volume Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Film-Makers from the Middle East and Central Asia.
Following an introduction delineating the histories of the film industries of the countries that make up the Middle East and Central Asia—including Iran, Turkey, and the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—both books contain interviews stretching over a decade, which position the filmmakers and their creative concerns within the social or political context of their respective countries. The striking variety of approaches toward each interview creates a rich diversity of tone and opens the door to a better understanding of images of “otherness” in film. In addition to transcripts of the interviews, each chapter also includes stills from important films discussed, biographical information about the filmmakers, and filmographies of their works.
Gönül Dönmez-Colin offers in these expanded editions a carefully researched and richly detailed firsthand account of the developments and trends in these regional film industries that is sure to be appreciated by film scholars and researchers of the Middle East and Central Asia.

176 pages | 25 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012

Asian Studies:

Film Studies

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“An unprecedented set of insights into the creative domain where the politics of creativity meet the poetics of emancipation; an exceedingly readable and informative book.”

Film International

Table of Contents



Ardak Amirkulov and Ermek Shinarbaev
    A New Beginning
    Being Young in Almaty

Serik Aprimov
    The Last Stop is Akusat
    The Need for Hunters

Rachid Nugmanov
    The Wild East, Rockers, Bikers and a New Life
Chingiz Aitmatov
    The Equivocal Marriage of Literature and Cinema
Aktan Arymkubat (Abdikalikov)
    The Most Successful Kyrgyz Film-maker
    Let There Be Light

Ernest Abdizhaparov
    Minimalist World
Gennadi Bazarov
    A Culture to Share with the Young
Tolomush Okeev
    Searching for Lost Identity
Tachir Mukharovich Sabirov
    More than a Generation Gap
Halmammet Kakabaev
    Human Values in a World in Transition
Kamara Kamalova
    The ‘Grande Dame’ Of Central Asian Cinema
Zulfikar Mussakov
    Humour in the Absence of Hope and Laughter
Yusuf Razikov
    The Unfair Battle of the Sexes

Film Credits
Selected Bibliography

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