Uzbek cinema developed during the Soviet era. However, embedded within was a marked tradition of local and rebellious filmmaking.
As far back as 1933, Suleiman Khodjaev’s ‘Before Dawn’ gathered traction as an anti-colonial piece with a thinly veiled critique of Sovietism. Then in the late 60s and 70s, culturally specific adventure films, such as the highly acclaimed ‘Shum Bola’ (1977) pitted local experience against the Soviet monolith.
Today in ‘Uzbek Bollywood’ the nation’s output is prolific. Some productions are chopping board pieces and some are breathtaking slices of Uzbek life. Recently Umid Khamdamov’s ‘Hot Bread’ (2018) made history as the first Uzbek film to be submitted for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award.