Welcome Week: Jamilia Film Screening

5W 2.4

6pm Screening Russian with English Subtitles

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Russian writer Chinghiz Aitmatov’s birth, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan will visit the University of Bath to present one of the films of his literary work: Jamila.

Jamilia’s husband is off fighting at the front. She spends her days hauling sacks of grain from the threshing floor to the train station in their small village in the Caucasus, accompanied by Seit, her young brother-in-law, and Daniyar, a sullen newcomer to the village who has been wounded on the battlefield.

Seit observes the beautiful, spirited Jamilia spurn men’s advances, and wince at the dispassionate letters she receives from her husband. Meanwhile, undeterred by Jamilia’s teasing, Daniyar sings as they return each evening from the fields. Soon Jamilia is in love, and she and Daniyar elope just as her husband returns.

Some critics called it one of the most beautiful love stories, and it gives a good picture of the Soviet Union history.