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Djamilia
Jamila
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Aminatou Echard

IMAGE

Aminatou Echard

SON

Gil Savoy, Aminatou Echard

MONTAGE

Aminatou Echard

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

529 Dragons Production, ARTE France

PARTICIPATION

CNC, Région Île-de-France

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

529 Dragons Production

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Au Kirghizistan, le film part à la recherche de Djamilia, le personnage principal du roman de Tchinghiz AÏtmatov, une jeune fille en rupture avec les règles de la société khirghize. Nous rencontrons des femmes qui nous parlant de Djamilia, libèrent une parole intime, nous parlent de leurs désirs, de règles et de liberté.

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.

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