93 films in 19 categories
Aminatou Echard
France, Kyrgyzstan
84 Min.

Photo Film


Super women


Kirghiz, Uzbek, Russian, English, French


Romanian, English

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• 18 March, 18:30, Cinemateca Eforie


The film will be screened in the presence of: Aminatou Echard

• 19 March, 18:00, Cinema Elvire Popesco


The film will be screened in the presence of: Aminatou Echard

Aminatou Echard
Aminatou Echard studied ethnomusicology and cinema. As an artist who works with experimental film and documentary, Aminatou’s focus is how space transforms people and how people inhabit spaces. After four years of working in Bolivia in ethnomusicology, she has started a new stage in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) in 2006 by collecting Super 8 images and sounds to gain an understanding of the specific relationship between spaces and people.


The title character in Chingiz Aitmatov’s novel “Djamilia” becomes the pretext for a series of interviews with several Kyrgyz women, sparking discussions on freedom, on the power to make choices and on marriage. Among shots that depict the lyricism of everyday life, it slowly becomes less and less clear where the women are no longer speaking about the fictional character, but rather begin to tell their own stories, to analyse the limits of their own freedom. Are the arranged marriages they talk of Djamilia’s or their own? Aminatou Echard is able to imbed a sublime candour in the portraits of these women — whether they are emancipated or still intensely conservative, of various ages and origins — and gives them an unmediated voice. At the same time, the Super 8 mm format endows the documentary with an atmosphere of anonymity and intimacy — as that of a confessional —, but no matter how vintage the film effect might seem, the problems and aspirations of Kyrgyz women register as strongly relevant to the present.  (Teodora Leu)

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Berlin International Film Festival 2018

Cinéma du Réel 2018

Jerusalem Film Festival 2018


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