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Until the Armageddon do us part

Written by on Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent hosted the 25th Festival «Videoart.uz». This festival is the only place in Uzbekistan, where directors, video artists and other filmmakers are free from censorship. For several times in a row festival «Videoart.uz» going in “stealth” mode.

The organizers did not disclose time and place of the event before last day. Only in the day of the event information is distributed among trusted people. After this “word of mouth” starting to work.

Explaining the need for such tactics, the founder and longtime director of the festival, Oleg Karpov, explains that if the officials and authorities will know where the festival is going to take place, they can force owners of halls and cinema theaters to cancel festival.

The first festivals «Videoart.uz» were held by “Museum of Cinema”, the iconic private cinema, which showed only non-mainstream movies. After a few years of existence. “Museum of Cinema” was closed due to pressure from the authorities.

Festival always accept works in any video genres: short films, documentaries, animation, video art, experimental film. A sort of “trick” of the festival are the discussions with the authors after each film, that often turns into violent conflicts and scandals.

Every festival, traditionally, has its name and slogan. The 25th festival was called “Until the fu**ing armageddon do us part.” Slogan of the festival was: “The time to gather stones and the time to keep them in his bosom.”

Cover of Videoart.UZ 25# DVD

Bring to your attention one of the best works of the festival, the film Alex Ulko “Confessions of a Mask.” This work, full of symbolism, is a classic example of video art, in terms of form.

For more information about the festival, please visit Videoart.uz. Don’t care about “404 File (site) not found” sign. Site is exists, you need to press the button «1Gb.ru», read the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and enjoy Uzbek video art!

Also you can find more on Vimeo

 

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