The worship of Fire

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The Worship of Fire
(Poklonis Ognyu)

byTolomouch Okeev



Director : Tolomouch Okeev

Script : N. Baitemirovn Tolomouch Okeev, Guennadi Orlov

Cinematographer : Kydyrjan Kydarliev

Editing : Rakiya Shershenova

Set Artist : Saguynbek ichenov 

Music : Tashtan Ermatov

Cast : Tattybyubyu Tursunbayeva, Iskender Ryskulov, Sabira Kumushaliyeva, Suymenkul Chokmorov, Bolot Beyshenaliev

Production : 
Studio Kirgizfilm

Distribution : 
Gaumont Pathé Archives
24 rue du docteur Bauer
93400 St Ouen
01 49 48 15 03
[email protected]

Year : 1972

35 mm, Black and White, 97 mn, v.o. kirghiz, with ST


In the Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan, in the 1930s, collectivization is the rule. A kulak is to be elected to lead the kolkhoz. The kulaks want to place one of their own but Ali suggests that Ourkouïa Salieva, a young peasant woman, should take this responsibility, symbolizing the changes taking place. The wealthier peasants think that a woman won’t succeed in the job. The young woman manages to transform the village thanks to the construction of an irrigation canal. The kulaks, with Adj-aka, a wise guardian of traditions, as their leader do not admit defeat. One night, some men enter Ourkouïa’s home... “The characters have to be capable of love but also of hate. Without that, there is no conflict and so the film doesn’t move the audience. And without that, there is no art. We can’t transform the cinema into a bland diet where the main dish would be mush. And if we want to serve the members of the audience something sweet, let’s not be afraid of giving them salt and pepper too. Otherwise, who will understand when it’s sweet?” Tolomush Okeev



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