Kazan Muslim Film Festival 2017 launches Russia — Islamic World Programme

The Kazan Muslim Film Festival held from the 5th to 11th of September launches a parallel to the festival’s 13th edition programme that will showcase the films from the member states of Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group.

Russia – Islamic World Strategic Vision Group was established in 2006 under the supervision of Yevgeny Primakov and Mintimer Shaymiev after Russian Federation has joined the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as an observer. The members of the groups are prominent statesmen and public figures including former prime-ministers, ministers of foreign affairs and Islamic scholars from 27 countries of the world. Since 2014, the group has been chaired by Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan. The 2017 meeting of the group to be held in September in Kazan.

The Kazan Muslim Film Festival 2017 Russia-Islamic World programme will showcase the films from 21 member countries of the group. The programme will be constituted by 21 thematic groups, each including from 1 to 7 films: ‘Cinema of Algeria’, ‘An Open Page of Afghanistan’, ‘Bangladesh Vacations’, ‘Egyptian Nights’, ‘Indonesian Cinema’, ‘War and Peace in Iraq’, ‘Iranian Cinema’, ‘Kazakhstan: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘Qatar’, ‘Short Films of Kyrgyzstan’, ‘Made in Lebanon’, ‘Moroccan Panorama’, ‘Nigerian Exotica’, ‘the UAE Films’, ‘Pakistani Life and Cinema’, ‘Syria under Focus’, ‘Sudanese Tour’, ‘Tajikistan Farsi Cinema’, ‘Tunis: New Location’, ‘Turkish March’ and ‘Young Russia’. The showcases will be accompanied by presentation and discussion sessions with a wider audience. The participants of the programme will also take part in Cinema Time Forum and share best practices and experiences of their national cinema markets.

Russia-Islamic World programme will be the largest among the parallel programmes of Kazan Muslim Film Festival in 2017 that will traditionally include Window to Europe (European films), Post-USSR (films of Post-Soviet countries) and Out of Accessibility (films devoted to challenges met by disabled people) parallel programmes as well as two new programmes Coast of Arts (the films from Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines) and Hindustan across Cultures (the films from India, Shri-Lanka and Bangladesh).

“Kazan film festival is an annual opportunity to experience a variety of films inaccessible through national distribution system”, says Albina Nafigova, the director of programming of the festival. “Middle Eastern Asian and African cinema is always something outstanding due to language and unique visual culture. The films are one of the most efficient tools to experience the culture of these regions. Although more attention is usually paid to shortlisted films, the parallel programmes are the vital part of the festival that expands the boundaries of contemporary cinema”.
Since 2005, Kazan Muslim Film Festival is one of the largest film forums held annually in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The concept of the festival is reflected through its official motto ‘Through dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’. The festival focuses on films supporting the ideas of peace-building, tolerance and humanity and promoting intercultural dialogue.
The official web-site of the festival: http://kazan-mfmk.com