Jamila Film Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov

Jamila – the “world’s most beautiful love story” on film

CENTRAL ASIAN CINEMA. Jamila (1969) is the most famous film adaptation of Chingiz Aytmatov’s novel of the same name. The love story between Jamila and the injured ex-soldier Daniyar has become not only world literature, but also a classic of Central Asian cinema.

“Central Asian Cinema” is a series of collaborative articles written by different members of the Novastan team to share their favourite cinematographic moments about Central Asia. Each article describes a film produced or shot in Central Asia, available online.

Called by French writer Louis Aragon the “world’s most beautiful love story,” Jamila is probably the best-known work of Central Asian literature. The novel made Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov famous overnight. In 1969, it was followed by Irina Poplavskaya’s film Jamila, the most successful film adaptation of Chingiz Aitmatov’s novel, in which the author himself is heard as narrator.

A love story during the Second World War

The film takes place in Kyrgyzstan during the Second World War: together with his sister-in-law Jamila, 15-year-old Seit must take the harvest to the train station every day because the men are at war. Jamila, the wife of Seit’s older brother Sadyk, joined the family only a few months earlier as the result of a bride kidnapping. The injured soldier Daniyar, who accompanies the pair on their trips to the train station, is initially mocked – until Jamila recognises the richness of Daniyar’s heart and falls in love with him. Together they flee the aul, the village.

Want more Central Asia in your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter here.

Natalya Arinbasarova, who played Jamila in the film, probably influenced the image of Chingiz Aitmatov’s heroine we have today like no one else. A beautifully reproduced love story paired with magnificent landscape shots makes Poplavskaya’s Jamila a must-see.

Read more on Novastan: The Wounded Angel: a dramatic and profound portrait of 1990s rural Kazakhstan

Jamila is available (in Russian, with English subtitles) on YouTube.

Share your Central Asian films: You want to react to this article, add something about this film (a link with or without subtitles), or share with Novastan and its readers another Central Asian film? Send us your review of the film (in a similar format to this article) to [email protected] Thank you all!

Novastan Editorial Team

Translated for English by Lawrence Brown

Edited by Anna Wilhelmi 

For more news and analysis from Central Asia, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, Linkedin or Instagram.

[legend]
Screenshot
Share With:

Multimedia journalist, editor, media researcher. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Studied economics at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty and Media and communications at the University of Applied Science Mittweida. Worked for Esquire Kazakhstan and Youth information service of Kazakhstan, as a freelancer contributed to Manshuq.media and Cabar.Asia. Currently based in Stuttgart, Germany.

[email protected]

No Comments

Leave A Comment

Captcha loading...