Centralasiengrupperna in cooperation with Panora and Folkuniversitetet will screen two acclaimed Central Asian documentaries.
Wednesday August 26th at 17:00
SHADOW OF THE HOLY BOOK
Anto Halonen, Finland / Denmark / Switzerland / Germany 2007, 90 min, subtitles in English.
Why are some of the world's biggest international companies translating the Ruhnama, an absurd government propaganda book from Turkmenistan, into their own languages? "Shadow of the Holy Book" exposes the immorality of international companies doing business with the dictatorship of oil-and-gas-rich Turkmenistan, thus helping to hide its human rights and free speech abuses - all in the name of profit and corporate greed.
More information at: http://www.shadowoftheholybook.net
Thursday August 27th at 17:00
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
Amanda Pope & Tchavdar Georgiev, Russia / USA / Uzbekistan 2010, 80 min, subtitles in English.
How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB.
More information at: http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com
Each screening will be followed by a talk with a person from the region and Q&A about current situation in Central Asia. Both talks are in English.
Entrance is FREE of charge, no booking required.
Tickets are collected in the cinema same days as screenings. The number of seats are limited.
The cinema opens 30 minutes before the first screening of the day.