Dinara Asanova (1942-1985) was a Kyrgyz-Soviet film director. Her films were hard-hitting social critiques laced through with humor. She repeatedly tackled the theme of strained relations between teenagers and adults. With the keen eye of an outsider, and as a Kyrgyz woman, she had sharp insight and unique perspective achieved by an unrestrained creative process which placed improvisation at its heart. Her film Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique (1985) screened in the Un Certain Regard Section of the Cannes Film Festival.