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Well-Known Russian Film Director Of Tajik Origin Dies In Berlin

Tajik-Russian director Bakhtiyor Khudoinazarov has died in a clinic in the German capital, Berlin.

Russian media reports quoted Khudoinazarov's colleagues and friends as saying that he died aged 49, on April 21 after fighting an unnamed disease.

He became well-known across the former Soviet Union for his movie Lunny Papa (A Moon Dad).

The film's characters are shown across Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the surreal story of a young, simple Tajik girl narrated by her unborn child.

Another Khudoinazarov movie, Waiting for the Sea, about a Kazakh man's ordeal near the disappearing Aral Sea, opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012.

Khudoinazarov was born in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. He graduated from the Moscow film institute VGIK in 1989.

One of Khudoinazarov's last movies was Major Sokolov's Courtesans presented in Russian theaters in 2014.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS