44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Angel on the RightHF-2003 
Farishtay kifti rost

Poor Halima wants a beautifully decorated front door before she dies, one big enough for her coffin to be taken out of the house. Filmed in the director's birthplace with his own mother and brother playing the lead.

According to an ancient faith, everyone is accompanied in life by two invisible angels. The angel on the right shoulder records your good deeds, while that on the left shoulder records the evil ones. At the end of your life, the decision is taken whether you go to heaven or hell. Halima was left ten years ago by her son Khamro, who went to try his luck in Russia. Halima fears that if she dies, her coffin will not fit through the narrow front door and will have to be lifted over the walls of the garden. That would be an unbearable humiliation. So Halima thinks up a ruse: she pretends she is on her deathbed so that her son will return and install the broad, beautifully lavish door once promised. Khamro does indeed come home, but to make the journey, he has to borrow money from conmen. He thinks he can use the value of the house to pay off his creditors, but everything changes when his mother doesn't die and he is suddenly confronted with an unsuspected son.In making the film, Usmonov remained close to his roots. The film was shot in his home village Asht, where fact and fiction intermingle. The roles of Halima and Khamro are played by his mother and brother and also his father, an uncle and a cousin - all amateurs - had a role to play.Usmonov's next film will be called Angel on the Left.

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Tajikistan, Italy, France 2002
DirectorDjamshed Usmonov
ProducerAsht Village
 Fabrica
 Marco Müller
ScenarioJamshed Usmonov
Length88'
Film format35mm
Themes
2003 hubert bals fund
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