About the film
"Flowers of Freedom" is a fantastic film for teaching about contemporary Central Asia. Through its fined-grained and subtle portrait of a village-based movement for environmental justice, it explores themes of mining, activism, and the work of seeking justice in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. It is also a portrait of a remarkable group of women and a demonstration of the kinds of insights that can be gained from long-term ethnographic immersion into their lives and aspirations. Those teaching on gender, nationhood, politics and protest in Central Asia will find this film a great resource--subtle, funny, beautifully observed, and resisting tired stereotypes about the dynamics of political protest in Kyrgyzstan.” Dr. Madeleine Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, Associate Editor, Central Asian Survey
"Cut to include the film-makers' voice and presence, it unobtrusively lays bare the film-makers relationships and conditions of film production. "Flowers of Freedom" thus offers an exemplary point of departure for discussing the increasingly compelling need to reformulate power dynamics in media representation, as well as issues of authority in scholarly and journalistic practice."
Dr. Jeanne Féaux de la Croix, Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Anthropology, University of Tuebingen/Germany
Original Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English
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