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(RFE/RL) PRAGUE, June 29, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbek media are reporting that filmmaker and television producer Iskandar Salimov, also know as Iskandar Agzamov, was found dead in late June at his home in the capital, Tashkent.

Salimov had reportedly finished work recently on a full-length film based on popular 13th-century wit and folk hero Nasreddin Hoca.

The pro-government press.uz-info website quoted an unidentified Interior Ministry spokesperson as saying the 28-year-old Salimov was found dead in his apartment on June 25 with multiple knife wounds and a rope around his neck.

The Tashkent prosecutor's office has opened a criminal investigation for murder with aggravating circumstances.

Press-uz-info says Salimov had been working with Uzbek and Russian television channels since 1996. He is the author of nearly 100 music-video clips.

(with additional reports from uzmetronom.com)
Central Asian Cinema
Gulnara Abikaeyeva's June 29 presentation in Prague (RFE/RL)

EAST OF THE WEST: On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.


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