Kino Klassika Foundation are delighted to announce TASHKENT FILM ENCOUNTERS, their new film programme to champion great film from Central Asia in association with the Centre of Contemporary Arts Tashkent. Expanding the Klassiki offering to include recent films from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, they shine a spotlight on this rarely screened and fascinating tradition. Films will be available online for a week, free to view and will take place each Tuesday from the 21 of July to 18 of August 2020. 

The season screens works from directors who are engaging with post-Soviet reality and the mission of each country to create post-soviet identities. Films include remarkable recent works from Darejan Omirbaev of Kazakhstan whose recent work, Student, competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as well as Aktan Arym Kubat of Kyrgyzstan, one of the great directors of Asia.

A series of podcasts led by Dr Maria Korolkova with filmmakers and experts in Central Asian Cinema will accompany each film, including a season introduction from curator and acclaimed Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova.