The Desert of Forbidden Art (2011)

Desert of Forbidden Art
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 20mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords political, survival
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Amanda Pope Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Tchavdar Georgiev Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Amanda Pope Producer n/a 3 3000002
Tchavdar Georgiev Producer n/a 3 3000001
Gennadi Balitski Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Alexander Dolgin Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Joe Dzuban Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Miriam Cutler Music n/a 120781 8000001
Tchavdar Georgiev Editor n/a 172 7000001
Amanda Pope Director n/a 2 2000002
Tchavdar Georgiev Director n/a 2 2000001
Marinika Babarazanova Actor n/a 1 1000005
Stephen Kinzer Actor n/a 1 1000004
Sally Field Voice n/a 475 1000003
Ed Asner Voice n/a 475 1000002
John Bowit Actor n/a 1 1000006
Valery Volkov Actor n/a 1 1000007
Andrei Sarabianov Actor n/a 1 1000010
Irina Korovay Actor n/a 1 1000009
Alexander Volkov Actor n/a 1 1000008
Ben Kingsley Voice n/a 475 1000001
How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.