40 Days of Silence

  • April 5, 2017 / 19:00
  • April 7, 2017 / 11:00

Director: Saodat Ismailova
Cast: Rukhshona Sattarova, Barohat Shukurova, Saodat Rahimova, Farida Olimova
Uzbekistan, The Netherlands, Germany, France, 2014, 88’, color
Tadjik with Turkish and English subtitles

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