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Camera as Witness Presents documentary THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
September 26, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Anderson Collection at Stanford University - Map Link
Camera As Witness/Stanford Arts and Anderson Collection present
ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE series
co-presented with Stanford Film Society
The Desert of Forbidden Art
(80 minutes) Russia/USA/Uzbekistan
Directors/Producers: Amanda Pope, Tchavdar Georgiev
During the era of Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or to Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky who pretends to buy state-approved art. Instead he daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden works by fellow artists and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian Revolution of 1917, and who encounter a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin.
Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists.
Following the screening discussion with award wining filmmaker Amanda Pope moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.