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19/05/2021 - 11:55
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On May 18, in the building of the FOCUS Film School in Tashkent, the premiere of five documentaries, created by 35 participants from five countries, took place within the framework of the International Documentary Film Laboratory in Tashkent, funded by the European Union (www.cinelab.focusgroup.uz).

On May 18, in the building of the FOCUS Film School in Tashkent, the premiere of five documentaries, created by 35 participants from five countries, took place within the framework of the International Documentary Film Laboratory in Tashkent, funded by the European Union (www.cinelab.focusgroup.uz).

The international project of the FOCUS Film School in Tashkent with professors of the Leon Schiller State Higher School of Cinematography, Television and Theater (Poland) was launched in November 2020.

The project made it possible for more than 35 students from different regions of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, France, Latvia and the Czech Republic to study free of charge for 5 months with leading filmmakers from Poland and Uzbekistan. Participation in the program was absolutely free for all students.

5 projects and creative groups reached the final stage, which created documentaries on the topic "DISAPPEARING WORLD"

In her welcoming speech, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ms. Charlotte Adrian, noted: “For me, this topic is especially close, since I have close relation to France, and the French, as you know, became the founders of cinema. Cinema also leaked to Uzbekistan from Europe. It is known that the founder of Uzbek cinema, Khudaibergen Devanov, studied cinematography under the German film amateur Wilhelm Penner.  The tasks of documentary filmmaking are varied, from educational films and research to propaganda and journalism. However, all of them are united by a common goal for all documentaries: "to tell us about the world in which we live." All modern cinematography originated precisely from documentary cinema. It shapes public consciousness. It represents the reality that forms the basis of artistic paintings and serves as a kind of mirror of society. "

Maria Musakova, Director of the FOCUS Film School, said: “Classes were held from November 2020 to April 2021. After the main part of the training, the audience filmed their documentaries, and some of the participants showed literally heroic endurance, spending New Year's Eve in the village and on the roofs of houses. After the screening, the films will be professionally dubbed at the studio for participation in international festivals. And the FOCUS Film and Theater School will do its best to promote films. "

At the end of the viewing, all participants were awarded certificates and prizes.

More iformation on Lecturers:

Lecturers from Poland:

  • Maciej Drygas - Professor at the State Higher School of Cinematography, Television and Theater named after Leon Schiller (Poland). Documentary film director, screenwriter, producer. Laureate and participant of many international festivals. Head of the committee of experts in the field of production and development at the Polish Film Institute.  
  • Jacek Petritsky - Polish cinematographer, director and screenwriter. Lecturer at the Faculty of Directing Documentary Films at the State Higher School of Cinematography, Television and Theater named after Leon Schiller (Poland). Winner of BAFTA Awards, European Film Academy and others. Operator of the film "89mm from Europe" (Oscar nomination). Collaborates with the British BBC channel.

Lecturers from Uzbekistan:

  • Zulfikar Musakov - film director, screenwriter, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Companion of the Order of Labor Glory, laureate of many international awards, creator of more than 30 films. Artistic director of the School of Directing and Workshop of Scriptwriters of the FOCUS School of Cinema and Theater in Tashkent.
  • Umid Malikov - cinematographer of more than 30 films, master of the Tashkent Institute of Arts, Artistic Director of the FOCUS Camera Workshop, mentor on the practice of EuropeanUnion - FOCUS CINE LAB.

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