Monday, April 02, 2007

Back In Business

I am out of my sleeping-mind period and I feel sheepish; it was all due to Nourooz, spring and me once more feeling 15.

Let's start the business. In the last week apart from me being in love, I tried to put together a Film List for the Silk Road: a very interesting project for my lecture on Cinema and the Modern Silk Road. I was thinking that it can be a list of A and B movies (Documentary, Fiction or Animation) made in or about the regions, countries, areas or nations along the Silk Road from far East to far West. So far I have this. I am sure there are a lot that I didn’t mention due to my sleepiness. So I appreciate if you remind me of things (movie/region) that have been left out from this list.

And lastly I got this Mona Lisa with Heejab which I thing is funny: I don’t know who the artist is, but she/he is surely familiar with Duchamp's ideas. So take a look at LHOOQ Mona Lisa (1919).

The movie information follows this order:
Title of the movie / Director’s name / year of production / country / more info
Afghanistan (about or made in)
Osama / Siddiq Barmak / 2003 / Afghanistan, Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Iran /
Algeria (about or made in)
The Battle of Algiers (Battaglia di Algeri, La) /Gillo Pontecorvo/ 1966/ Algeria, Italy
Arab World (about or made in)
China (about or made in)
The Last Emperor / Bernardo Bertolucci / 1987 / China, UK, France, Italy
Kung Fu / Stephen Chow / 2004 / China, Hong Kong
Marco the Magnificent (Fabulous Adventures of Marco Polo) / Denys De la Patelliere / 1965 / Italy, France, Yugoslavia, Afghanisatn, Egypt
Egypt (about or made in)
India (about or made in)
Water / Deepa Mehta / 2005 / Canada, India
The Chess Players (Shatranj ke Khilari) / Satyajit Ray / 1977 / India
Iran (about or made in)
Ten (Dah) / Abbas Kiarostami / 2002 / Iran, France, USA
Taste of Cherry (Ta’me Guilass) / A. Kiarostami / 1997 / Iran, France
Under the Olive Trees (Zire Derakhtane Zeyton) / A. Kiarostami / 1994 / Iran, France
Barefoot to Herat (Paberahne ta Herat) / Majid Majidi / 2002 / Iran
Baran (Rain) / M. Majidi / 2001 / Iran
The Children of Heaven (Bache haye Aseman) / M. Majidi / 1997 / Iran
Gabbeh / Mohsen Makhmalbaf / 1996 / Iran & France
The Silence (Skout) / M. Makhmalbaf / 1998 / Iran, Tajikistan, France
The Sun Behind the Moon (Safar e Ghandehar) / M. Makhmalbaf / 2001/ Iran, France
Israel (about or made in)
Paradise Now / Hany Abu-Assad / 2005 / Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel
Japan (about or made in)
Dodesukaden or Clickety- Clack (Do desu Ka den) / Akira Kurosawa / 1970 / Japan
Throne of Blood (Kumonsu Jo or Macbeth)/ A. Kurosawa / 1957 / Japan / Adaptation of Macbeth
The Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) / A. Kurosawa / 1954 / Japan / The Magnificent Seven (1960) was inspired by this movie.
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) / Hayao Miyazaki & Rick Dempsey / 2004 / Japan / Animation
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) / H. Miyazaki & Kirk Wise / 2001 / Japan / Animation
Russia/Soviet (about or made in)
Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) / Sergei Parajanov / 1968 / Soviet Union
Andrey Rublyov / Andrei Tarkovsky / 1969 / Soviet Union

Central Asia &
Other Independent Countries After Soviet Era
Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc)
Although their most productive years were during Soviet era, it is good to have them on the list.


The Road (Yol) / Yilmaz Guney / 1982 / Turkey, Switzerland, France
Seven Years in Tibet / Jean-Jacques Annaud / 1997 / USA
Genghis Blues / Roko Belic / 1999 / USA / Documentary /

Mona Lisa with Heejab,

L.H. O.O. Q Mona Lisa, Duchamp, 1919


Nazy said...

Hi Tameshk Jan! 1. I'm afraid I'm not qualified to help you with your interesting project, as you are a lot more knowledgeable about these things than I am. The only thing that occurs to me is that what is now Pakistan also used to be on the Silk Road. I don't know what kind of cinema the Pakistanis ("Islamic Indians") have (lots of singing behind the pillars and never leaving the pillars? Lots of dancing fully-clothed, in separate men's/women's rooms? I'm sorry to sound sarcastic, but today I'm really cross with all notions of Islamic anything!

2. Thanks for visiting and thanks for your good wishes! This is just five of fiteen boxes of books I have packed so far! You are right. I did bring my books and CD's from Tehran this time. They stay with me now, wherever I go, because a house is not a home until it holds all that is dear to you, and all that is dear to me is neither the house itself nor its furnishings, but my books, films, music, pictures, and my two sons, and that's all! I just hope the move is over soon, so I can rest, as I am totally exhausted! Be good Rojan Jan. I'm glad you got some zzzz's this weekend. I hope to get mine on the weekend of April 14th!

Tameshk said...

Nazy jan
thanks, I just added Pakistan.

Nazy said...

Sorry, found a typoe! I meant Roja Jan! Rojan is my friend and neighor who is a fantastic Kurdish singer. Have you heard of her? See this: . Nazy

Anonymous said...


You must add something from Tajikestan, Kazakhstan and Kyrkyzstan as well, I am not sure about the quality of the cinema in those countries, but they fit well into your project.

moxles, -K