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Children of Opium
(Üshkürük -The Sigh of Memory)
Directed and produced by Gulzat Egemberdieva.
Digital HD, color & black & white, approx. 45 min..
From legal use for pharmaceutical purposes to prohibition, trafficking, drug abuse and alcoholism, the extensive opium plantation in Soviet Kyrgyzstan had profound and long-lasting political, psychological and social repercussions until the present day. The film attempts to respond to what can be called a collective trauma.
Top secret card of an individual
arrested for opium contraband
(Karakol Security, 1942)
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