Mavluda, Otinka

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Mavluda, Otinka

Mavluda, Otinka

by Jean-Christophe Roux

Uzbekistan, France


Mavluda, Otinka

Director: Jean-Christophe Roux

Cinematographer: Philippe Mompas

Sound: Patrick Allex

Sound Mix: J.C. Bonnin

Editor: Philippe Mompas

CNRS Images/Media
1 Place Aristide Briand
92195 Meudon
Tel: 0033

Year: 2003

Beta SP, Colour, 45 min
OV Uzbek with French Subtitles


On 24th June 2001, six months before the international community’s decision to abolish the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, I left for the Ferghan valley, in the eastern part of Uzbekistan, in search of a woman mullah. In Central Asia such women mullah are given the name of Otine. At that time, I only knew Mavluda through the memo ry of a friend from Berlin. Mavluda, being an Otine, has the same functions as a mullah, in the exclusive world of women. Thus, she conducts religious ceremonies and readings of the Koran.

"I find important to prevent to lump together various ideas often made about Muslim religion and the reality of regimes in power...In my documentary, I tried to discover the religious phenomenon of women in Bektimour, rather than simply cover it. More widely, I tried to make the situation of women from Central Asia Muslim countries be known, which seems to me highly important in order to allow the Westerners get rid of their prejudice linking Muslim religion to the oppression of women and forgetting the reality of regimes under which this happens." J.C Roux

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