During the month of April, Filmatique will screen films from a constellation of Post-Soviet nations—Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Georgia—which have declared independence in the wake of the disintegration of the former USSR. However remnants of a fallen empire, to which they all once belonged, pervade the region's collective consciousness.
Filmatique's Post-Soviet Cinema Series posits a fundamental question: how to interpret borders that reveal themselves as arbitrary—imaginary and constantly shifting lines between one country and the next, a colonial past and a path forward, the preservation of traditional ways of life and a diaspora of young people seeking the promise of urban life. This dualism pervades Heavenly Nomadic, which captures the rhythms of Kyrgyzstan's paradisiacal mountain gorges. True Noon and Nabat depict rural life on the brink of disappearance, while Adventure and Keep Smiling portray urban desperation in Almaty and Tbilisi, respectively.
Often, the protagonists are women forced to survive by whatever means they can. Filmatique's Post-Soviet Cinema Series showcases exciting new voices from an oft-forgotten part of the world, exploring the lingering effects of war as well as notions of history, identity, community, and hope.