Her Five Lives

Saodat Ismailova

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Staff picks Her Five Lives
Saodat Ismailova

13 Minutes

Staff Picks

November 1–30, 2021

The modern history of Uzbekistan is told through its cinematic history, focusing on the evolution of female heroine archetypes in Uzbek films.

Her Five Lives is one of three shorts by Saodat Ismailova, alongside The Haunted and Her Right, presented on e-flux Video & Film as the November 2021 edition of Staff picks. Watch the other films here.

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Film, Feminism
Video Art, Caucasus & Central Asia, History, Montage
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Saodat Ismailova is a filmmaker and artist who came of age in the post-Soviet era in Central Asia. She graduated from Tashkent State Art Institute in Uzbekistan and Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France. Her films and video installations have been presented at the Venice Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, documenta fifteen (Kassel), Shanghai Biennial, Berlinale International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH DOX (Copenhagen), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), and Parasite (Hong Kong). Her stage work has appeared at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), and other venues around the world.


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