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Djamilia

Jamila

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At the beginning, a woman’s voice can be heard, describing the self-confident and strong-willed Jamila, a young Kyrgyz woman who is the protagonist of Chingiz Aitmatov’s eponymous 1958 novel. It’s World War II and her husband is at the front, she’s unhappy in her arranged marriage and decides to break with tradition and elope with her great love. A famous literary heroine, Jamila turns out to be an ideal subject for director Aminatou Echard to start conversations with women in Kyrgyzstan and gain access to their world. The topic is by no means an innocuous one. For whether the women are speaking about Jamila or about their own lives, it quickly becomes clear how powerful the conflicts, longings, and desires for self-determination still are. Echard shot her film on silent Super-8 film, recording the sound separately, yet the materiality of the film never feels retro. Instead, the film connects literature, reality and the present. The result is a set of carefully composed portraits whose beauty reflects both the candour of Aitmatov’s novel and the strength of today’s Jamilas.

by
Aminatou Echard

France 2018

Kirghiz, Uzbek, Russian, English, French

Documentary form
84’ · Colour

World premiere

Crew

Written and directed by
Aminatou Echard
Director of Photography
Aminatou Echard
Editing
Aminatou Echard
Sound Design
Gil Savoy
Producer
Laurence Rebouillon

Biography

Aminatou Echard

Born in Les Lilas, France in 1973. She studied Music, Performing Arts and Film Studies. In 2000, she completed a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology, and a year later a master’s degree in Documentary Film. Since 2006, she has led film education workshops. Djamilia is her first feature film.

Filmography

2004 Gens de Potosi (People of Potosi); 43 min. 2008 Esquisses kirghizes (Kirghiz Sketches); 10 min. 2011 Broadway; 50 min. 2015 (Marco); 47 min. 2018 Djamilia

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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