The Swing

Aktan Abdikalikov, Kyrgyzstan, 1993; 48m
The Swing
Aktan Abdikalikov's early masterpiece is less a narrative film than a poetic incantation on celluloid. The almost wordless "story" is about a young boy in a Kirghiz village, whose days are spent in the company of an older, retarded man. Together, they push a beautiful girl on a swing. There is joy, there is disappointment, there is death, and there is love, all rendered with a timeless, almost otherworldly grace. preceded by