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Davlatnazar Khudonazarov: National Cinematography Should Make People Fall in Love with its People and Culture

28 April 2019

The creative meeting with Davlatnazar Khudonazarov, a director, cameraman and scriptwriter (Tajikistan) was held today at the 15th Kazan Muslim Film Festival. He presented the audience a black and white version of the film ‘the Sound of the Stream in the Thawed Snow” (the original color version was lost in early 90s - ed.).

This drama shoot in 1982 is based on Valery Talvik’s Victory Day and tells the story of an elderly shepherd from a remote mountainous Tajik village. ‘By this work, we tried to express the idea of the the continuity of generations within one family’, commented the director.

Answering the question about the development of Tajik cinematography, Davlatnazar Khudonazarov noted that ‘Iranian cinema, of course, in the last 25-30 years is an outstanding phenomenon. However, I would not want Tajik cinema to express its own values’.

Discussing Tatarstan cinematography, Davlatnazar Khudonazarov reminded that he was the chair of the jury board of the 8th edition of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival: ‘I would like that Tatar cinematography will create the films expressing the essence and feelings, the inner state of this nation. So, even in case I would not know anything about Tatars and Tatarstan, but after watching such films, I would immediately feel in love with this culture’, he explained and provided the example of the film ‘Bride’ by Khojakuli Narliev about the life of Turkmen people: “I hadn’t been to Turkmenistan yet, but when I watched this film I loved this nation for all my life’.

In his turn, Khojakuli Narliev, a director of this film, who was also attending the meeting, commented that the directorial debut of Davlatnazar Khudonazarov in 1966, the documentary film ‘Lullaby’, made a big impression on him: ‘The film is about how people live in the mountains, communicating with the rest of the world only in summertime, because in winter all roads are covered by snow. He made such a movie about his homeland that it is impossible not to love these people’, concluded Khojakuli Narliev.