Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase

The Swing

Samara Sagynbaeva (Kyrgyzstan)

Col / 20' 38" / In Kyrgyz with English subtitles

An old and honest man Bolot works at a village school supplying heat. When the coal in his house is used up, his wife persuades him to steal some from the school despite the school only has limited storage.

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Finalist Showcase: 6/3 (Fri) | 7:15pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion | Moderator: Didi Wu

Artist’s Statement

I made the film as part of my application to study at FAMU International and I was admitted by the school. The idea comes from my childhood experience. I was born and studied in the village. My Dad’s brother worked at the village school supplying heat. This film is not only about the story of my Dad’s brother and corruption, but also about the ecology and immigration issues in Kyrgyzstan.