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The Time Of Yellow Grass

Mairam Yusupova, Tadjikistan, 1991; 70m
In a remote Tadjik mountain village, some shepherds come across a dead body. No one knows who he is or where he's from, but they soon discover that he is not a Muslim. As the news spreads, the people decide what should be done with this "infidel." THE TIME OF YELLOW GRASS is a film of powerful simplicity, in which documentary and fiction dissolve into one fluid means of expression. Not unlike Kiarostami with The Wind Will Carry Us and Where Is the Friend's Home?, Mariam Yusupova ties all her action into the starkly beautiful landscape, and a remarkable portrait of a people and a place out of time develops.