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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Tonight! 4 Documentaries from Uzbekistan - Club SAW
Second Screening of Films from Central Asia at SAW Video:
A Screening of 4 Documentaries from Uzbekistan
Monday, November 12th, 7:00pm
67 Nicholas St. Ottawa
Meet a producer from Uzbekistan and take the opportunity to ask about
production in Central Asia.
The presenter for the evening is Nafisa Zakhidova. She is a doctor of arts,
critic, and senior producer of Television Uzbekistan. Her documentary films
focus on multiculturalism and development issues. Nafisa also directed a
number of historical documentaries in Central Asia, Europe and the US. For
years, she has had her program about history and arts of Central Asia on TV
Uzbekistan. She wrote more than 200 articles and two books on methodology
and history of film production in Uzbekistan.
Thanks to: Kevin, Anatoly and Natasha of SAW Video for special support as
well as Nodira Abdujamilova and Ali Artaman.
These documentaries were produced as the series of "Pearls of Uzbekistan" by
Uzbek Telefilm Studios. The documentaries introduce ancient history as well
as modern life of Uzbekistan.
Each documentary is 10 minutes long with English subtitles and music.
Excerpts of the films can be viewed in Real and Windows Media format at:
1- Samarkand < is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was established
in the middle of the first century BC under the name Marakanda, and later on
Afrosiab. The city was conquered by the troops of Alexander the Great, the
Arab caliph and Genghis Khan. It was the capital of the powerful state of
Sogd. It finally became the ruling center of Amir Timur's (Tamerlane) great
2- Bukhara < was known as noble Bukhara in the Muslim East for centuries.
More than 140 registered architectural monuments exist in the city including
the magnificent blue-domed minaret named Kalyan Minaret, constructed in
1127. The most remarkable feature of the minaret is its intricate
ornamentation. The architectural complex, Lyabi-Khauz, which includes the
Kukeldash Madrassah, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah (school), and the Khanagah
is listed as historical monuments.in the UNESCO catalogue of world heritage.
3- Khiva < the museum-city in the open sky, is unique in its beauty. It is
known as "The Pearl of the Khorezm Oases". Great spiritual and cultural
schools were formed in the large scientific centers of astronomy,
mathematics and medicine, which existed in this city centuries ago.
World-known scholars such as Beruni, Aghaghi and Nadjimoddin Kubro who lived
there left a valuable scientific and literal heritage to the world. Narrow
streets of Khiva end at the small courtyards with carved wooden doors. The
life inside the gardens and courtyards assures the viewer that it is not
just a museum, it is a living city.
4- Tashkent < is a 2000 year old city whose name has been mentioned in
Avesta, the ancient holy book, and in old Chinese writings dating back to
the 5th century BC. Tashkent, since centuries ago, has been a major city in
Central Asia, connecting the East and the West, the North and the South,
serving as one of the major trading centers on the Silk Road. "Anyone who
sees this town will not desire to leave it; he or she will stop dreaming
about the blessings of the paradise." Zaynoddin Vosifi, in the 15th century,
Nowadays, Tashkent has its own place in the world as a major regional
financial and political center. Tashkent is the host to more than 40
embassies as well as international organizations such as UNESCO and UNICEF.
Recently, UN awarded the City of Tashkent with the title of "Peace
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