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(RFE/RL) July 24, 2006 -- Kyrgyz actress and filmmaker Klara Yusupzhanova has died, local media report.


Yusupzhanova died of unspecified causes on July 22 at the age of 66.


She started her movie career in 1963, appearing in Larisa Shepitko's "Znoi" (Heat). She made documentaries throughout the 1970s before trying her hand at a feature film ("Aeroplan") that remained unfinished.


(Kabar, 24.kg)

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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