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A Brief History Of Uzbek Film

A Brief History Of Uzbek Film

Uzbekistan has long been a hub for film production and the distribution of films in Central Asia, dating back to its humble but notable beginnings at the start of the 20th century.

Khudoibergan Devanov, the first filmmaker in Uzbekistan, made his debut documentary, "The Monuments Of Our Land," in Khorezm in the early spring of 1913. Eleven years later, in 1924, Uzbekistan was the first Central Asian country to open its own film studio, Buchkino, in the city of Bukhara.

World War II helped Uzbekistan's budding film industry enter a period of cinematic enlightenment. The war forced Soviet authorities to relocate various strategic industries and, as a result, the Uzbek republic became a center of Soviet film production.

Uzbekistan continued its run of cinematic success well into the late 1980s, but its film industry fell on had times following the collapse of the Soviet Union.