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History of Tashkent International Film Festival

The Tashkent International Film Festival has a long history and is a continuation of the traditions of the world famous Film Festival of Asia, Africa and Latin America, which was held in the capital of Uzbekistan from 1968 to 1997.

*The film festival had the status of the category «А» accreditation in FIAPF

  • It was a high-level festival that brought together many countries and continents. The first festival was attended by representatives of 49 Asian and African countries.
  • -Since 1976, when representatives of Latin America took part in it for the first time, it has become a festival of three continents.
  • -Since 1988, a competition program has begun at the Film Festival of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
    • Holders of the Grand Prix of the Festival received the statuette 'Golden Semurg', the best male actor was awarded the prize 'Golden Archa', the best female roles were awarded the prize 'Golden Tulip', and the 'Silver Semurg' received the winners in the nomination for the best debut. The guests of the festival were famous filmmakers, cultural workers, public and political figures.
  • In 1992, more than 600 invited guests took part in the festival.
  • Raj Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachan, Nikita Mikhalkov, Chingiz Aitmatov, Angela Davis, Elisabeth Aguilar Gonzalez, Sergey Gerasimov, Tamara Makarova, Nonna Mordyukova, Irina Miroshnichenko, President of the Cannes Film Festival of America and many others, Ministers

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  • The Tashkent International Film Festival was first held in 1968 and took place on a regular basis, once every two years until 1990. From year to year did the noble slogan "For Peace, Social Progress and Freedom of Peoples"  determine the main goal of this event - popularization and promotion of the best cinema works of Asia, Africa and Latin America, facilitating the artistic development of these countries and strengthening friendship among peoples. It is noteworthy that Latin American countries joined the Festival only in 1976. The program of the First Film Festival included films from 39 countries; the Festival welcomed participants and guests from 49 national cinematography studios. Each time the Festival  became an important social and political event on an international scale, which is why the  interest toward this event grew from year to year.

          Cinematography art of 85 countries of the world, including 22 Asian, 34 African and 11 Latin American countries was presented at the Fifth Tashkent Film Festival. Feature films from New Zealand and Australia were presented for the official screening for the first time. At the same time, such international organizations as the UN, UNESCO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Patriotic Forces of Chile actively participated in the work of the Film Festival.

           In 1978, the Festival marked a new step in its development. For the first time, the official screening program included films from the countries which could not even dream of their own cinema before. Among them were Burundi, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Zambia, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and others. Thus, the Tashkent Film Festival became not just a venue for premiere screenings of films, but a platform for increasing the popularity of cinema, expanding creative and business contacts among filmmakers of the Afro-Asian and Latin American regions, paving the way for the original cinema of three continents to converge with European cinema.

       Our wonderful capital Tashkent was awarded the noble title "City of Friendship" because it became a real platform for rapprochement and cooperation for numerous countries and peoples. In 1958, Tashkent already gathered writers from Afro-Asian countries at a round table. It was after this large-scale event that the concept of "the Spirit of Tashkent" came into being, symbolizing the goodwill for cooperation, solidarity of progressive artists in the struggle for awareness of their social and political activities in the modern world.

        2021 Tashkent International Film Festival promises to be the largest cultural event in Uzbekistan. New slogan "For peace, enlightenment and progress!" has predetermined the format of the upcoming event. The Festival will appear in its updated version, with a number of absolutely unique solutions and a nostalgic vibe in the form of renovation of the Festival activities of the 60s, 70s and 80s, thus bringing all the best features together.

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  •    The grand opening of the 1997 Tashkent International Film Festival took place at the Peoples' Friendship Palace.

       The program of the Film Festival included the following events: press conference, official selection of feature films, visits to metropolitan museums, theaters and concert halls, sightseeing in Tashkent, laying flowers at the monument to Alisher Navoi by the participants and guests of the Film Festival, retrospective screening of films directed by Nabi Ganiev and Khudaibergen Devanov.

         The official selection included the following films: Buyuk Amir Temur (Uzbekistan), Everything was covered with snow (Uzbekistan), History of the Dragon City (China), Abai (Kazakhstan), Shadows of the Past (Georgia), Broken Heart (Yandym, Turkmenistan), Actor (Iran), Sardori Begim (India), White Silk (Malaysia), Farewell, My Darling (South Korea), Gungat (Pakistan), Someone else's time (Azerbaijan), Fadeless carnations (Turkey), Love in Russian Style -2 (Russia).

          In order to expand film exchange between the countries, the Uzbekkino National Agency organized a film market within the framework of the Festival, which film studios, producers, exporters, distributors, owners of cinemas and film companies took part in.

          A retrospective of films by Nabi Ganiev, one of the founders of Uzbek cinema, whose works were included in the golden fund of Uzbek cinematography, was opened at the Kazakhstan cinema. The retrospective began with the demonstration of the film Takhir and Zukhra.

         The same cinema hosted a retrospective of films by Khudaibergen Devanov, the first Uzbek cinematographer. The screening included archival footage shot by him at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as a documentary film about his life and work.

         It is worth mentioning that the Festival also comprised the exhibition Artists of Cinema and Theater of Uzbekistan, which demonstrated the panorama of works by masters of different generations, including both works of artists whose names are now associated with the history of the formation and development of Uzbek cinema art and sketches of young artists for theatrical performances. Varsham Yeremyan, Nariman Rakhimbaev, Emonuel Kalantarov, Georgiy Brim, Sadriddin Ziyamukhamedov, Zebo Nasyrova, Bobur Ismailov, Ruslan Kamaletdinov are the names of the artists who appear in the films' credits and on theater posters.

        At the end of the Festival, metropolitan Chilanzar restaurant hosted an after party on behalf of the khokimiyat (city administration) in honor of the guests and participants of the Festival. The official buffet was held in a very lively and warm atmosphere. The performances of Yalla, Navo ensembles, the Academy of Culture orchestra with its artistic director Ismail Jalilov and other artists enriched the event.

          The culmination of the evening was a dance, which the heads of 15 national film companies of the former republics of the Soviet Union who earlier had signed an agreement on joint cooperation were invited to. Therefore, their dance looked utmost symbolic. Next to the Uzbek and Russian representatives, the guests from the Baltic States and Transcaucasia, Moldova, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan stood in a circle.

         It's noteworthy that the Film Festival annually had prominent people of culture and arts, public and political figures, journalists, famous directors and actors as its distinguished guests.  

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  • The Tashkent International Film Festival in 1992 was attended by numerous invited celebrities: Raj Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan, Nikita Mikhalkov, Chingiz Aitmatov, Angela Davis, Elizabeth Aguilar Gonzalez, Sergey Gerasimov, Tamara Makarova, Nonna Mordyukova, Irina Miroshnichenko, President of the Cannes Film Festival, Ministers of Cinematography of African and Latin American countries and many others.

        During the Festival, press conferences with the participation of cinematographers, demonstration of films as part of the official selection and informational screening took place. The sightseeing program included the acquaintance of the Festival guests with the sights of Tashkent and a trip to Samarkand, where the guests enjoyed the magnificence of the monuments of ancient oriental architecture.

    The screening included the following films: Patriotic Comedy - (Russia), Verbal Message - (Syria), The World We Live In - (India), Benjamin's Woman - (Mexico).

        However, according to the existing tradition, the Palace of Arts and cinemas in Tashkent hosted screening of the films of the XI TIFF, including the following:

    Loving Cup - Japan;

    Old Model - Mexico;

    Mirage - India;

    Jamal Kamaki - Turkey;

    Henna (two-part film) - India;

    Ashwani (two-part film) - India;

    King of Kung Fu - China;

    Police - France;

    Charm (two-part film) - India;

    Song of Life - Turkey;

    Operation Leopard - China;

    Orphan (two-part film) - India;

    The Sublime Sense of Love (two-part film) - Pakistan.

        The founders of the creative association Imon Jasur Iskhakov and Rustam Sagdullaev presented their film Stay.

        Retrospective screenings of films also took place within the framework of Film Festival. In particular, Randhir Kapoor, his brother and other members of the Indian delegation, at a meeting with the Chairman of the State Film Company of the Republic of Uzbekistan H. Juraev, expressed their gratitude to the directorate of the Film Festival for showing the films of the Kapoor dynasty.

       Particularly noteworthy is the fact that, 1992 Film Festival  attracted over 100 journalists.

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  • According to the tradition established in 1968, once every two years Tashkent became the center of attraction for filmmakers from three continents. The Festival changed its traditions annually, introduced new elements and developed a future vision not only for the field of cinematography, but also for the world community as a whole.

          Thus, in 1988, the Film Festival first made changes to its own program, turning it into competitive one. That year was memorable for special awards: Golden Semurg was given to the winner of the Grand Prix of the Festival; best male actor was awarded Golden Juniper prize; the best female performer was awarded Golden Tulip prize; and Silver Semurg was received by the winners in the best debut nomination.

          The program of the Film Festival included the following events: the opening ceremony of the X International Film Festival of Asian, African and Latin American Countries at the Peoples' Friendship Palace, press conferences for journalists, sightseeing in Tashkent

        The Festival program covered the demonstration of feature films to the guests and participants of the Film Festival, the official selection of feature films, screening of documentaries and short films, as well as meeting of participants and guests of the Festival with cinematographers of Uzbekistan at the Uzbekfilm studio.

         The official selection was introduced for the first time in 1988. Therefore, the organizers had to develop an additional series of events, which included the festival of folk art Stars Avenue, a set of events called Pomegranate Tea-House - the program Let's Give Our Planet to Children!; handicraft courtyard with works of folk craftsmen - chisellers, woodcarvers, gold embroiderers; exhibition of Uzbek architects. Then the official selection was expanded to include the Retrospective, which became so popular afterwards, aimed to demonstrate the films from the Republics of the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, including viewing of feature and documentary films of young filmmakers. An evening of Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov also became a part of the Retrospective program.

             Film Festival annually attracted prominent people of culture and arts, public and political figures, journalists, famous directors and actors.

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  • Symbolically, the grand opening of the Tashkent International Film Festival was announced by pigeons that surrounded the panel with the Festival's emblem located at the facade of the main headquarters of the film forum - Uzbekistan hotel. This unusual performance spectacularly highlighted the Festival's motto: "For peace, social progress and freedom of peoples!"

    On the eve of such a large-scale and significant event, the organizers decorated Tashkent with thematic banners and bright welcome signs as a sign of hospitality.

    Prominent figures from various fields were invited to the opening of the Film Festival: Yevgeniy Chazov - Academician, Nobel Prize Laureate, Mikhail Ulyanov - Secretary of the Board of the USSR Association of Cinematographers, Anatoliy Kabulov - First Secretary of the Board of the USSR Association of Cinematographers, Elyor Ishmukhamedov - film director, Vladimir Dzhanibekov - Major General, Soviet Air Force, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR and others.

    Within the framework of the "Day by Day" Festival program, a set of events took place, including press conferences, sightseeing in Tashkent, a concert of art masters of the Republic, meeting with creative youth, creative discussions, meeting of Festival participants and guests with filmmakers at the Uzbekfilm studio.

    Film screening took place at the Palace of Arts. The program included the following feature films: Love Story (Bangladesh), Shiko (Brazil), Mirza's Shoes (Iran), Friend (Thailand), Bride for David (Cuba), Our Culture (Nigeria), Burke and Wills (Australia), Time of Leopards (Mozambique), etc.

    The screening of the short films included the following: What have you done with the childhood? (Cuba), Neighbors (Cuba), Colors of a Winter Day (Armenia), Kolybai's Garden (Kazakhstan), Nicaragua Has Won (Nicaragua), People's Poet (Turkmenistan), Warble (Azerbaijan), etc.

    The following Soviet films were included in the official screening: Embrace of a Dream, The Slavic Woman's Farewell, My Home in the Green Hills, Fragi - Separated from Happiness, When the Autumn Rain Falls, One More Night of Scheherazade, etc.

    It's noteworthy that the Film Festival provided the film market functioning at the Republican Cinema House with producers, exporters, importers, distributors, owners of cinemas from more than 80 countries of the world taking part in its work. The film market presented over twenty Soviet films of 1985-1986 shown in the Cinema House, the Uzbekfilm studio and at the studio of educational and documentary films. Totally, the film market attracted film organizations from 11 African countries, 7 Latin American countries, 7 Middle East countries, 5 Asian countries, as well as those of European countries, Australia and New Zealand.  More than 100 people from 48 countries worked at the film market.

    The Film Retrospective event, organized within the framework of the Film Festival and aimed at demonstrating retro films to the young generation of filmmakers is of separate notice. The screening took place at the Iskra cinema in Tashkent. In total, the program included works made in the USSR, Vietnam, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Japan, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand.

    The meeting of the graduates of the Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov, which became a good tradition, took place that year as well.  The Cinema House hosted two exhibitions: "We study at the Russian State University of Cinematography" and "Colors of Africa" extra for this event.

    Press conferences with filmmakers from Brazil, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Georgia, Mozambique, China, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Syria, Japan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Niger, Patriotic Forces of El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Peru took place.

    During the International Film Festival, journalists had the opportunity to communicate with many outstanding directors, screenwriters and workers of culture of that time.

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  • 1984 Tashkent International Film Festival screened such Soviet feature films as The Sad Tale of Love (Turkmenistan), Nizami (Azerbaijan), Spring is Passing (Georgia), Atone for the Guilt (Kazakhstan), Wolf pit (Kyrgyzstan), Fire (Armenia), Hostage (Tajikistan), etc.

            The list of screenings of short films included The Caspian: People and Oil (Azerbaijan), All About Pomegranate (Azerbaijan), Armenia is Waiting for You (Armenia), Our Malika (Tajikistan), Makhtumkuli-Fragi (Turkmenia) and others.

           The press conferences of Indian, Turkish, Korean filmmakers, as well as a press conference of Colombian cinematographers took place.

           There was also a film market, where a commercial screening of Soviet films took place, which included such films as The Shore, The Lonely People are Provided with Dormitory, The Invincible, The Hostage, The Tale of Wanderings, The Proud Eagle, To Die Wounded by Love to Life, Volmi Island, Sound of the Forest, New Pilot, Squared Ring, Heart Shiver and others.
       Numerous celebrity guests were invited to the Festival, among them were the actor and director Rodion Nakhapetov, Turkmen actress Maya-Gozel Aimedova, Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov, Colombian animation director Fernando Laverde, Turkish producer Sabahat Duru, Cuban cinema production coordinator Mario Chan,  Pilot-Cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov, scriptwriter Alexej Speshnev and  a lot of other star guests.

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  • On May 25, 1982, the flag of the VII Tashkent International Film Festival of Asia, Africa and Latin America was raised at the Palace of People's Friendship. The grand opening of the Festival included a large festive concert of art masters of Uzbekistan.

         During the Festival, the meeting of Tashkent public representatives, dedicated to Africa's Liberation Day, was held, which was attended by the guests of the Festival. The Festival comprised a demonstration of festival films, press conferences, receptions in honor of the participants and guests of the TIFF.

         The guests of the Festival had the opportunity to enjoy the historical monuments and sights of Tashkent and Bukhara, as well as to visit museums and the Tashkent subway.

         Representatives of 95 countries and international organizations took part in the screening. Films from 75 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America brought by more than 190 filmmakers appeared in Tashkent. Representative delegation of Soviet filmmakers took part in the work of the Festival. The screening programs covered 75 feature films and about 80 documentaries and short films.

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  • As all previously held Film Festivals, the framework of the TIFF included a film market, where films made in all Soviet republics were presented.

       The commercial show featured a program formed of new films shot in 1979-1980. Soviet films of earlier years were also shown to the participants of the film market on individual requests. Thematic programs were prepared for television representatives from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Among them were Soviet Circus, Well, Just You Wait!, For Children and Youth, Sport, USSR Today, Culture of the Peoples of the USSR.

        Among the Soviet feature films offered for screening at the film market were Siberiade, Poem of Wings, A Few Days from the Life of I.I. Oblomov, Autumn Marathon, The Adventures of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Inquest of Pilot Pirx and others.

        The films were shown in the viewing halls of the Cinema House, the Uzbekfilm studio and the studio of educational and documentary films of Uzbekistan.

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  • 70 creative meetings of the participants and guests were held during Tashkent International Film Festival in 1978. They were attended by actors and directors from Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, India, Japan, Mexico, Senegal, Mongolia, Bolivia, Cape Verde Republics, Australia, Sudan, Mali, Guyana. 128 thousand spectators participated in those creative meetings.

       The Festival event program was bright, impressive and rich. The sightseeing program included excursion to the VDNKh of the Uzbek SSR, the Tashkent branch of the Central Lenin Museum, the Museum of Arts, the Museum of Friendship of Peoples, the Museum of the History of Uzbekistan, the Museum of Applied Arts. The participants and guests of the Festival visited Tashkent theaters and the circus.

         Some excursions were organized on individual request. Indian filmmakers visited the students of the Tashkent Polytechnic Institute. The delegation of Ethiopia got acquainted with the work of the Republican Television Center, while filmmakers of Tanzania learned about the conditions of film production at the Uzbekfilm studio.

       In addition, numerous press conferences and screenings of festival films were held within the framework of the Film Festival.

          It should be noted that the Festival program included such short films as Safari, Mountains and Sea, Cultural Revival, Barnabas, Burqa, First Step, On the Niger River, Banconi, Battle, May 1, Field, etc.

          71 representatives of film distribution companies and film organizations from 42 countries participated in the film market. The main program of the film market covered 53 Soviet feature films produced in 1977-1978. 13 Soviet feature films and 101 short films were shown for representatives from television.

       Over 40 contracts with foreign film entrepreneurs who purchased about 100 Soviet films were signed at the film market. The following films created in the USSR enjoyed great success among foreign film distributors: Love and Fury, Hatred, Trans-Siberian Express, Tavern on Pyatnitskaya, Front Behind the Front Line.

       Press coverage of the Festival involved 228 journalists, including 76 representatives of the foreign media.

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  •    In 1976, the Tashkent International Film Festival united all three continents by adding participants from Latin America. Thus, the motto of the Film Festival "For Peace, Social Progress and Freedom of Peoples" sounded with renewed vigor.

         According to the established tradition, the Festival program included a number of events, inter alia, trips to the most beautiful Uzbek cities, already fancied by many guests; film screenings program; a forum of filmmakers; press screenings for journalists, etc.

        Among the films presented, the show included the following documentary and popular science films: The Soldier Was Walking, The Heart of Corvalan, The Golodnaya Steppe, There is only one Earth, Uzbek atlas, Gur-Emir. There was also a show of animated cartoon films, including The Humpbacked Horse, The Tale of the Shepherd and the Beautiful Princess, Well, Just You Wait! (episode 9), I give you a star, Hedgehog in the Fog.

          The 1976 film market presented the works of Soviet directors. Feature films The White Steamer, The Fiery Coast, Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven, I Take the Responsibility, When September Comes and others were shown In the metropolitan House of Cinema for the first time. A total of 25 new feature films were included in the main screening program.

          Furthermore, film screenings of that year were enriched with films created by Latin American colleagues. More than 100 foreign feature films shot in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe were presented in the halls of the Uzbekfilm studio and the Studio of documentary and educational films.

         A creative meeting of participants and guests with filmmakers of Uzbekistan took place within the framework of the Festival. At the end of the meeting, the participants and guests enjoyed the screenings of the films Alone among People and Shakhimardan.

          Each year, the Tashkent International Film Festival became the cohesion center of film industry professionals, discovered new names and expanded boundaries. 1976 TIFF became a symbol of the fact that the common endeavor of the development and promotion of cinema, begun in 1968, united not just countries and cities, but entire continents.

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  • The Third Tashkent International Film Festival of Asian and African Countries was officially attended by representatives of 45 countries of Asia and Africa, delegations of the sister republics of the USSR, representatives of the UN and UNESCO.  

       Participants and guests of the Festival were 313 representatives from 66 countries of Asia, Africa, Europe, America. For the first time, the Tashkent Film Festival showcased the works of cinematographers from Latin America, including socialist Cuba.

      The media coverage of the Festival included representatives of the foreign press by a total of 54 correspondents.

        Nine 9 press conferences were held during the Festival. The official screening included 20 foreign feature films, 9 Soviet feature films; 58 foreign short and documentary films, 20 Soviet short and documentary films.

        More than 70 creative meetings of foreign filmmakers with the audience took place in the cinemas of Tashkent and Chirchik. These meetings were attended by  number of public organizations, editorial offices of newspapers and magazines of the USSR and the Uzbek SSR

        The grand opening of the film market took place at the studio of documentary and educational films of Uzbekistan. On that day, at the commercial screening of Soviet films, the full-length and short films India Opens Its Heart, Only "Old Men" Are Going Into Battle, Small Wonders of Great Nature, The Tale of the Priest and His Workman Balda, Broken Horseshoe and others were shown.

        The framework of the Tashkent International Film Festival also included the retrospective of the best works created by the Uzbekfilm studio. Such movies as Alisher Navoi by Kamil Yarmatov and The Lovers by E. Ishmukhamedov were demonstrated at the event.

        One of the most interesting events in the festive atmosphere of the Third Tashkent International Film Festival were the meetings of moviegoers with screen masters.

         Indian actor and director Raj Kapoor came to meet with the audience at the Chaika Cinema, where his film Bobby was shown.

         The Sputnik cinema also hosted a meeting with Indian filmmakers who spoke about the film Nellu, and at the Moskva cinema the Sri Lankan filmmakers introduced the audience to the Dassanda film.

        Syrian filmmakers presented the film The Second Face of Love to the audience at the Festivalny cinema.

        All films shown at the Festival's official screening were awarded with participation certificates.

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  • The Tashkent Film Festival held in 1972 was attended by 500 representatives of 62 foreign countries, delegations of all the sister republics of the USSR, representatives of the UN. More than 120 festival feature films and documentaries were shown in the metropolitan cinemas. Thus, viewers had the opportunity to see a large-scale and impressive picture of the life of the peoples of the two great continents on the screens. And for the filmmakers themselves, the Festival was an excellent school of creative and intellectual mutual enrichment.

    The Film Festival in Tashkent included the work of a film market organized by Sovexportfilm. The film market was attended by 60 foreign film producers, representatives of film industry companies and distribution organizations.

    Commercial screenings of Soviet films for representatives of the countries of Asia and Africa, Central and South America took place in the hall of the studio of documentary and educational films in Uzbekistan.

    What films were screened at the Festival?

    The Second Tashkent International Film Festival showcased such films as: Direction of the Main Blow, Battle for Berlin, Final Assault, Fire at Sea, Solaris, Taming of the Fire, Yakov Bogomolov, Property of the Republic, The Man from the Other Side, Dauria, Farewell to St. Petersburg, Zakhar Berkut, Impertinence, The Warmth of Your Hands, A Necklace for My Beloved, My Seven Sons, The Death of the Black Consul, Semurg, Kyz-Zhibek, The Daughter-in-Law, The Red Poppies of Issyk-Kul, The Legend of Rustam, Rustala and Sukhrob, Khatabala, Mission in Kabul, Chermen, Accused of murder.

        Soviet documentaries were also widely presented at the film market: A Poem about the Working Class, Peasants, Faithful Sons of the People, Lenin Still Alive, Russia Begins Here, as well as a number of films introducing viewers to the life and appearance of the Soviet republics' capitals.

        Soviet films dedicated to a significant date in the life of the Soviet state - the 50th anniversary of the formation of the USSR were also shown within the framework of the Second Tashkent Film Festival. A creative round-table discussion on the role of cinema in the struggle for peace, social progress and freedom of peoples was organized for the participants of the Festival - filmmakers, experts and journalists.

        During the Festival, 55 creative meetings of filmmakers with spectators were held in cinemas located in Tashkent, as well as in Chirchik and Bukhara. Guests and participants of the Festival were given an opportunity to get acquainted with the capital of Uzbekistan, its enterprises, higher educational institutions, museums. The entertainment program included sightseeing in the cities of Uzbekistan - Andijan, Samarkand, Bukhara, the Syrdarya region. The citizens of our republic warmly welcomed the guests.

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  • The First International Film Festival in Tashkent was held from 21 to 31 October in 1968. The Festival was attended by representatives of 22 Asian and African countries.

    This Festival became a significant event in the cultural life of the peoples of the Asian and African continents and was marked by a creative exchange of experience and cultural cooperation, peace and friendship among peoples.

    The Film Festival was attended by many prominent figures from abroad, such as:

       Todor Dinov (director from Bulgaria), Alan Griffiths (Secretary General of the International Writers' Guild, the UK), József Kis (director from Hungary), Magda Kamel (Egyptian actress), Kimura Akira (Japanese actor), Mbissine Thérèse (Senegalese actress).

        Prominent progressive filmmakers from Europe and America were invited to the Festival, as well as representatives of five international Film Festivals in Frankfurt am Main, New Delhi, Carthage, Leipzig and Krakow.

        In addition, representatives of major international organizations - the UN, UNESCO, as well as special organizations - International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF) and the International Writers' Guild arrived in Tashkent.

    What films were presented at Tashkent International Film Festival?

    -Republics of the Soviet East presented films:

    Armenia - Karine, Seven Songs about Armenia.

    Azerbaijan - 26 Baku Commissars, Nariman Narimanov, Hello Azerbaijan.

    Kyrgyzstan - The Sky of Our Childhood, Manaschi, Castles in the Sand, Soviet Kyrgyzstan

    Turkmenistan - Makhtumkuli, Song about the Water, Nomads, The Decisive Step, The Road of the Burning Van.

    The other countries showcased the following films:

    India - Vacations, My People, Impression of West Bengal, In the Arms of the Bombay Night, Love in Kashmir, Amrapali

    Cambodia - The Little Prince, Treavihir

    Lebanon - Safar Barlek

    Iraq - The One Seeing Good, Tragedy of the People, Temptation to Return

    UAE - Postman, The Man I Love

    Syria - Lorry Driver, Man 28 126

    France - Lion Hunt with Bow

    The Festival was inaugurated in the capital's Palace of Arts at 7 p.m. Tashkent time. On the opening day of the Festival, the film Riders of the Revolution by the oldest Uzbek film director, People's Artist of the USSR Kamil Yarmatov was shown on the screen of the Palace of Arts.

    Film market, screenings and purchase

       The Festival included a film market with the first commercial screenings. In the cinema hall of the House of Knowledge, representatives of the All-Union Sovexportfilm Association showed four following films to foreign guests: Spring on the Oder, Zosia, Three Fat Men and the Soviet-Mongolian film Exodus.

       At the first Afro-Asian film show in Tashkent, the Somali film Village and City was awarded with an honorary diploma "For a talented debut" and a commemorative medal. It was the first feature film produced in Somalia.

        More than twenty films from Tropical Africa, presented by more than ten countries, were shown at the 1968 Tashkent Film Festival.

       On the same day, A. Davydov, Chairman of the All-Union Sovexportfilm Association, and Iranian producer Khadem Ali signed a contract on the purchase of the Iranian film European Bride by the Soviet side.

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