Mon, 06/10/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

NY Premiere

World Premiere, Berlinale 2018

The Film

Directed by Aminatou Echard / 2018 / 84 min

Shot in Kyrgyzstan on richly saturated Super-8 footage, this film is a search for Jamilia, the title character in the famous novella by Chinghiz Aitmatov about a young woman who rebels against the strict rules of her society.

Over the course of its haunting narrative, director Aminatou Echard introduces contemporary Kyrgyz women who, in talking about this literary heroine, reveal their own private lives and desires, the social rules they chafe under and their ideas of freedom. Jamilia lets the women speak for themselves—about resistance and the freedom they find in unexpected places, despite the restraints and limitations imposed upon them. With dreamy pacing and a shifting relationship to time, the film gives viewers access to its subjects' desire for adventure, rebellion, independence and sensuality.

Post-Screening Q&A

Aida Akim-Escriva grew up migrating along the roads of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Her experiences ranged from being a small businesses owner in the bazaars of Kazakhstan to serving at Senator Gillibrand’s office assisting active US military personnel and veterans. Most recently, Aida served as a consultant at Sulaiman Too Sacred Mountain National Museum in Kyrgyzstan where she strengthened the museum’s ability communicate its mission with the outside world. Aida earned an Architectural Studies degree from Amherst College and associates degree in Journalism from LaGuardia Community College. Before moving to the US, Aida was actively involved in the women empowerment movement and AIDs awareness programs through individual projects and various NGOs in Kazakhstan. She also has a continuing interest in art history and practice of art, which led her to study in Florence, Italy, to learn metal welding and co-curate a Russian Avant-garde exhibition at the Mead Art Museum. Aida is now the Grants Coordinator at Global Fund for Women.

Emil Draitser is a professor, scholar, and author, specializing in Russian satire and humor; contemporary Russian folk culture; and Russian and East European Cinema. After his first book, Forbidden Laughter (1980), brought him national attention, Draitser has published over a dozen volumes of artistic and scholarly prose, including biography, fiction, memoir, literary criticism, and sociological studies. Among his books are the critically acclaimed Stalin's Romeo Spy (in paperback as Agent Dmitri), named among the year's best books by the readers of The Guardian; Shush! Growing up Jewish under Stalin, autobiographical novel, Farewell, Mama Odessa and a collection of stories The Supervisor of the Sea. A bilingual author, he has also published essays and short stories in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Partisan Review, North American Review, Prism International, and numerous other publications. Emill currently heads the Hunter College film program in the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies. www.emildraitser.com

Friends from Mono No Aware will also be joining to raffle off a roll of Ektachrome Color Reversal film!


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter 2019


Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


Facebook Connect

This event is part of the Spring 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film. It includes a discussion with filmmakers or specials guests, and time to engage with the makers and our community over drinks and popcorn.

Brooklyn Brewery       Bjorn Qorn