RUSSIAN LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
IN MEMORY OF GENERAL SHAIMURATOV
This docu-drama tells an unknown story of WWII. It is about what we really need to keep in our mind. It took Radik about four years to dig all the details out.
LIFE AND DEATH OF KARIM KHAKIMOV 1892-1938
This dramatic documentary tells a tragic story of Karim Khakimov, who joined the Bolsheviks and became Lenin's key diplomatic envoy to Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
In the 1920s the Soviets made a huge effort to export the Communist Revolution to the Middle East and to turn Middle Eastern governments against Western powers. Khakimov succeeded in establishing good relations with the Saudi dynasty, and the Soviet Union became the first foreign power to recognise the nascent Saudi Kingdom in 1926.
KUBOTA'S KIMONOS: A HISTORY ON SILK
Kubota's story begins with his time as a prisoner of war in the USSR during WWII. Beautifully produced reenactments capture this difficult yet pivotal period of his life. While locked up in his cell, Kubota saw a vision of the Siberian sunset which would later inspire his lifelong project, ‘The Symphony of Light,’ a series of kimonos that would illustrate the grandeur of the universe.
This fascinating documentary describes the complex and intricate craft of Tsujigahana - a traditional technique of decorating fabric. Since there were no instructions of how to recreate this age-old process, Kubota spent decades experimenting to form his own version of the method called Itchiku Tsujigahana. His choice of using the kimono as the canvas for his art symbolises a marriage between Japan and the fashion world, paving the way for future collaborations decades on, including Takashi Murakami's work with Louis Vuitton.
A visually stunning biopic of Itchiku Kubota, one of Japan’s most important contemporary kimono artists. Featuring interviews with formar Prime Misinters of Japan Yoshiro Mori and Yukio Hatoyama, art experts from around the world and Kubota’s contemporaries.