Saodat Ismailova (b. 1981 in Tashkent) graduated from State Art Institute of Tashkent after she was granted a residency in Fabrica, Research and communication center of Benetton, Italy. Where she co-directed “Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea” that won Best Documentary at the 2004 Turin Film Festival. In 2005 she at DAAD - Artist in Residency program in Berlin where she developed her debut feature film “40 Days of Silence”, which premiered at Berlin International Film Festival, 2014.
She participated in Venice Biennale, 2013 with her video “Zukhra”. In 2017 Saodat Ismailova was an artist in residence in Office of Contemporary Art, Norway where she developed her personal exhibition and realized a short film The Haunted. In 2018 she graduated from Le Fresnoy, France’s National Studio of Contemporary Arts, where she developed “Stains of Oxus” and “Two Horizons”. In 2018 “Qyrq Qyz” her multimedia performance was presented at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York.
In 2020 she is running Laboratory from the Center for Contemporary Arts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is currently working on her second feature film “Barazgh”.
Independent filmmaker Frank Popper's feature documentary debut CAN MR.SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? (2006) won the AFI Docs(Silverdocs) Audience Award; was an International Documentary AssociationFinalist, Best Feature; made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesShort – list for documentary feature;
Won a Special Jury Prize at the InternationalHuman Rights Film Festival of Paris and aired on PBS Independent Lens.Popper filmed the feature documentary EROICA! which also aired onIndependent Lens.
GENTLEMEN OF VISION is his third documentary feature. Popper is currently Filmmaker-in-Residence at KETC-TV (PBS) in St. Louis.
Zere Asylbek is a singer, activist and feminist from Kyrgyzstan.
She is the author and performer of the song "Kyz", the music video which caused a resonance among users in 2018.
In her songs, she raises issues of feminism and equality in Central Asia.