Soviet rule, nation and film: the Kyrgyz 'Wonder' years

Sally Nikoline Cummings

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What happens if a community is encouraged to imagine itself visually when its political vessel is a modernising nation-state within a multinational communist federation? Cinematic works, in their distillation of time and space, contribute to the kinds of imaginings that sustain nation-states. How this cultural technology reflected and promoted nation-building in the Soviet era is the subject of this article. It explores how the tensions within the diktat ‘national in form, socialist in content’ played out in practice in the Soviet cultural landscape of 1960s Kyrgyz film, dubbed by Soviet critics as a ‘wonder’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-657
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number4
Early online date21 Sept 2009
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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