The Cinema and the People film club was launched at the Peter the Great Museum in Derbent

The Cinema and the People film club was launched at the Peter the Great Museum in Derbent

In recognition of the Year of Cinema, the Peter the Great Museum in Derbent opened its Cinema and the People film club.  Every Wednesday beginning July 13th, the club’s guests will show their favourite films and lead a discussion of them with visitors to the Museum.  Among the experts invited will be directors, architects, scholars, poets and others active in cultural affairs in Dagestan, Moscow, and perhaps experts from other regions as well.  We regard these gatherings as an opportunity to reflect upon the things that truly concern us and to understand how many ways there are to understand and interpret cinema as well as to find inspiration in it.

Meetings in Derbent and Makhachkala with director Magomed Kaziev were featured at the opening of the club.  Magomed Kaziev lives and works in Moscow and has participated in several international film festivals.  He is the creator of several multimedia exhibitions and is director of the documentary films Imam Shamil—The Last Journey and Imam Shamil in Russia.  In 2016 his short film Blood was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  At the sessions in Derbent and Makhachkala Blood was given its premiere in Dagestan.

Schedule of sessions for the Cinema and the People club at the Peter the Great Museum in Derbent

13 July, 7:30 pm—Inauguration of the Cinema and the People series
Magomed Kaziev, following his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, will show his short film Blood.
He will discuss the director’s craft as exemplified in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

20 July, 7:30 pm—Goryanka, a film by Irina Poplavskaya based on a poem by Rasul Gamzatov.
Screening and discussion of the film with Dzhambulat Gabibov, Principal Director of the Tabasaran State Drama Theatre.

27 July, 7:30 pm—Metel’ [The Blizzard] directed by Vladimir Basov, based on Pushkin’s poem of the same title.
Screening and discussion of the film with Diana Alieva, Director of the Central Library System of Derbent.

3 August, 7:30 pm—Skazaniye o khrabrom Khochbare  [Tales of the Valiant Khochbar], a historical melodrama based on Rasul Gamzatov’s poem, directed by Askab Abakarov ad Mikhail Ordovsky.
Screening and discussion of the film with Makhach Musaev, Executive Director of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a specialist in the intellectual history of Dagestan.

10 August, 7:30—Durak [The Fool], a drama by Yuriy Bykov and Aleksey Uchitel.
Screening and discussion of the film with Rinat Tubarov, guide for the roads and trails of Dagestan.

17 August, 7:30—Beregis Avtomobilya [Watch Out for That Car], a romantic comedy by Eldar Ryazanov.
Screening and discussion of the film with Magomedrasul Abakarov, Chief Editor of the South Dagestan television channel.