Cinema of Uzbekistan

The history of Uzbek cinema can be divided into two periods: the cinema of Soviet Uzbekistan (1924–1991) and the cinema of independent Uzbekistan (1991–present). Films of the Soviet period were shot either in Russian or Uzbek. Most critically acclaimed films of the Soviet period include films such as Maftuningman (1958), Mahallada duv-duv gap (1960), and Shum bola (1977).

There are many film studios in Uzbekistan. Uzbekfilm (Uzbek: O‘zbekfilm, Ўзбекфильм), established in 1925, is the largest and oldest film studio in Uzbekistan.[1]

Very few Uzbek movies that were made after Uzbekistan became independent have achieved international notability. According to movie critics, most of the modern Uzbek movies are cheap, low-quality movies.[2][3] Currently there are dozens of Uzbek film studies that on average make 50 films a year.[2] Film critics state that while the quantity of Uzbek films is going up, one cannot say the same about the quality of these films. Some have dubbed this trend the "Bollywoodization" of Uzbek cinema.[2]

Uzbekistani directors

Uzbekistani film actors and actresses

Highly acclaimed Uzbekistani actors and actresses include:

List of Uzbekistani films

The following are the most critically acclaimed Uzbek films:

See also


  1. A. M. Prokhorov, ed. (1974). "Uzbekfilm". Great Soviet Encyclopedia (in Russian) (3rd ed.). Moscow: Soviet Encyclopedia.
  2. 1 2 3 Saidazimova, Gulnoza (19 March 2013). "Uzbekistan: In All Movie Theaters". Fergananews (in Russian). Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  3. Musayev, Rashid (26 December 2009). "Uzbek Cinema is Reviving". Central Asia Online (in Russian). Retrieved 18 April 2013.
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