The Desert of Forbidden Art
by Amanda Pope e Tchavdar Georgiev, Russian Federation, USA, Uzbekistan 2010, 80'
WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY: Amanda Pope e Tchavdar Georgiev   EDITING: Tchavdar Georgiev
  MUSIC: Miriam Cutler
PHOTGRAPHY: Alexander Dolgin,
Gennadi Balitski
  VOICE-OVERS: Ben Kingsley (Igor Savitsky); Sally Field, Ed Asner, Igor Paramonov (gli artisti)
SOUND: Adam King   PRODUCTION: A. Pope Prods, Desert of Forbidden Art
SOUND DESIGN: Joe Dzuban, Raj Patil  

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2011

After first arriving in Uzbekistan in 1950 during an archeological and ethnographic expedition, the Russian painter, archeologist and collector Igor Savitsky spent the rest of his life in Nukus, where he founded and directed the Nukus Museum in 1966. Alongside testimonies about local arts and crafts, the museum, situated in one of the world’s poorest regions, hosts one of the rarest and most conspicuous collections of contemporary art, formed largely by drawings and paintings produced by Central Asian artists and by exponents of the Russian avant-garde which Savitsky rescued from oblivion and censorship during the Soviet regime. Savitsky’s biography and the story of his undertaking, told by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner, intersect with images of various art pieces in the film (most of which have never been seen by the public) and documents and testimonials from the present, like that of Marinka Babanzarova, the Museum’s director. The film has won the Cine Golden Eagle Award, the Best Doc/Palm Beach International Film Fest and the Audience Award Beijing International Film Fest.

Amanda Pope
Amanda Pope’s work has focused on the dynamics of fine art, public art happenings, urban design, theatre and dance. Her award-winning public television documentaries: Jackson Pollock Portrait, Stages: Houseman Directs Lear and Cities for People were broadcast on PBS. She has served on the Board of New York Women in Film, the Women in Film Foundation in Los Angeles, and she is Associate in Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Tchavdar Georgiev
Tchavdar Georgiev has produced, associate-produced and edited award-winning fiction and non-fiction films, as well as TV programming. He edited Alien Earths for National Geographic (nominated for an Emmy), the narrative feature Bastards (MTV Russia Award for best film) and the documentary One Lucky Elephant (best documentary editing award at Woodstock Film Festival).

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