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My Brother Silk Road

Marat Sarulu, Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan, 2001; 80m
My Brother Silk Road
Marat Sarulu, co-writer of Aktan Abdikalikov's THE ADOPTED SON, made his feature debut with this beautifully shot (in glorious black-and-white) and carefully drawn parable of the transition from old to new in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Two young boys and a girl from a mountain village make their way to the rail line that crosses the old Silk Road. By boarding the slowly moving train, they're looking for a sense of definition, a way into their own future and a future for their country, as well as a link to the past. A film with a very special tone, pitched between bittersweet nostalgia and longing.