"The Stars' Caravan"
Directed by Arto Halonen
Prior to the breakup of
the Soviet Union, appointed projectionists would travel by foot or on
horseback to hold special screenings of propaganda films and other
approved movies for the people of Kyrgyzstan. Rather than opening up doors
for more cinema, the collapse of communism left the struggling population
of the former Soviet Republic with an almost non-existent film industry,
as what had been there before was entirely state supported. The Stars'
Caravan documents the efforts of one lone projectionist to carry on
the old tradition, delivering the magic of movies to an audience hungry
for cinema. Kyrgyzstani and Russian with English subtitles.