Bibicha, a young woman, suddenly refuses to speak. The reason for her vow of silence is mysterious: will she get to the end of her pledge? What would be the compromise between her wish and the family pressure? What will be the reward for the challenging silence?

Director’s note
Chilla is a sacred ritual performed in the key moments of life: birth, marriage, death, spiritual growth and is a vow for a crucially wished desire. Following the idea of Chilla, the four female characters were shaped to present my vision of Uzbek women from past to present.
Bibicha, the main character, is the silent mirror that reflects and exhorts other female stories to come out.
Aside from women’s issues, I want to explore the ideas of identity loss, deep human revaluation and transformation in a society deeply rooted in Islam, a society that was reshaped by communism and has recently become independent. How all of these changes are reflected in female destinies, in their souls.

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2014, Forum

Key festivals and awards
Golden Alambra, Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur 2014
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014

Uzbekistan 2012
Director: Saodat Ismailova
Producers: Rohfilm (Germany), Petit Films (France), Volya Films (The Netherlands)
World sales: Ramonda Films (France)

German WCF-Partner: Rohfilm

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
Funding amount: 70,000 €