According to an ancient faith, everyone is accompanied in life by two invisible angels. The angel on the right shoulder records your good deeds, while that on the left shoulder records the evil ones. At the end of your life, the decision is taken whether you go to heaven or hell. Halima was left ten years ago by her son Khamro, who went to try his luck in Russia. Halima fears that if she dies, her coffin will not fit through the narrow front door and will have to be lifted over the walls of the garden. read more

Muallim – The Teacher

Samadar is the only teacher in a small Tajikistani village. He teaches all his pupils with the same dedication, just like his father Nazar would teach him during the time of the Soviet Union. He also looks after his father, his father who is prepared for death, but wants to wait until his second son Yusuf returns from Moscow. Tajikistan’s most important director tenderly tells us a universal story of family life set against the backdrop of a communist past and an Islamic present.

TAD 2014
Regie: Nosir Saidov
76 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
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Everything seems to be fine in a small village in Tajikistan. The villagers are looking forward to the upcoming marriage between Nilufar and her loved one. One day soldiers appear in order and put up a barbed wire right through the middle of the village, splitting the community in two parts. The marriage seems to be impossible. Kirill, operator of the national climate observatory, helps the lovers to make the marriage possible on schedule.

Tajikistan 2009
Regie: Nosir Saidov
83 min , 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
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