Her Right

Saodat Ismailova

Staff picks Her Right
Saodat Ismailova

14 Minutes

Staff picks

November 1–30, 2021

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Her Right, whose title is inspired by the silent film Uzbekkino (1931, dir. G. Cherniak), is a film recalling the political campaign Hujum (attack) undertaken by the Communist Party to emancipate and unveil women in Uzbekistan.

The opening text of the film, written in old Uzbek (Arabic alphabet), translates as follows:

“The Hujum movement was a Soviet political campaign started in 1924. It aimed to liberate local women.
The campaign had dramatic consequences for Uzbek women, who were caught between traditional society and foreign state ideas.
The film is dedicated to the memory of the women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Uzbek women today.”

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

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Film, Communism, Feminism
Video Art, Caucasus & Central Asia, Soviet Union, Montage
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Saodat Ismailova (b. 1981, Tashkent) 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 in the Biennale of Venice, Berlinale International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH DOX, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), and Parasite (Hong Kong). Her stage work has appeared at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Musée de quai Branly (Paris), and other venues around the world. Ismailova’s work will be presented in documenta fifteen, 2022. Her works are in the collections of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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