The Interim Country
Thomas Lahusen, Gulzat Egemberdieva, & André Loersch
Thomas Lahusen, André Loersch, Sergei Kapterev
Eugene Huskey (Stetson University) and Gulzat Egemberdieva
Digital HD 16:9 and archival footage; color & b/w; 47 minutes; Kyrgyz & Russian, English or French subtitles.
Chemodan Films (Toronto) & Media4Democracy (Geneva), 2010.
Shot in the late spring/early summer of 2010, the film explores the reasons why Kyrgyzstan, a small, land-locked country in Central Asia, made international headlines repeatedly during 2010. Occupying a pivotal role in Great Power rivalries and in the international drug trade, Kyrgyzstan has felt the effects of the disintegration of the former Soviet Union more dramatically than any other post-Soviet state. Just five years ago, the Kyrgyz “Tulip Revolution” was hailed as a peaceful readjustment of a post-Soviet country, once acknowledged as one of the only “democratic” regimes of Central Asia in the 1990s. But the Tulip Revolution was soon betrayed, and under Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his “family regime,” Kyrgyzstan descended into authoritarianism.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
2011 AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest (6 – 10 April 2011); Doc Outlook International Market of the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, Switzerland (7 – 13 April 2011); 51st Krakow Film Market (24th – 29th May 2011); East Silver 2011 at the 15th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (October 2011); Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest (November 2011); Online Film Festival “Humanity Explored” (2012-13);' Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, New York, (20 April 2012)