The Guard

Beyzhan Aidkuluev, Kyrgyzstan, 1989; 10m
Beyzhan Aidkuluev's short, impressionistic portrait of an old man who presides over his Kirghiz village like a benign spirit, and an emissary from a past that is quickly disappearing. Aidkuluev is a filmmaker of rare gifts, building his images and sounds into a work of incantatory power.