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“Lazgi” documentary by Uzbekistan becomes international awards winner
24 January 2022
“Lazgi” documentary by Uzbekistan becomes international awards winner

Great news about Uzbekistan is that the documentary movie “Lazgi”, filmed by the talented young director Ikhtiyor Bakhtiyorov, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uzbekistan, has become a winner of a number of international awards. Particularly, the documentary movie was announced as “The best documentary movie dedicated to dancing” on such international awards as “Art Stream”, “Fifflondon”, “Blackboard”, “Lift-Off Season Award” and “IFFF”.

In response to the proposal of the film director, after reviewing the project thoroughly, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uzbekistan supported the idea and it was fully funded by the ministry. Uzbek government also created all necessary conditions for shooting the film “Lazgi” with the aim of preserving the Uzbek cultural heritage.

“Lazgi” was awarded as the best short documentary about a dance at the film festival Art Stream, which is held in Moscow every month. Art Stream supports independent cinematographers working in all directions from all over the world.

On the film festival “Flifflondon” the movie won the Audience Award in London. The festival awards the best gaming, documentary and animation movies authors during private screening on monthly basis.

“Lazgi” was named as the “Best documentary about a dance” at Blackboard international film festival, according to the selection of cinematographers from all over the world.

Another two international film festivals “Lift-Off Season Awards” in India and IFFT (International Film Festival of Thrissour), organized by Orange Film Academy have also announced “Lazgi” as “The best movie about a dance”.

As the director of the documentary Ikhtiyor Bakhtiyorov mentioned, his aim while filming the current movie was to preserve the vanishing dance form “Lazgi” and demonstrate it to international audience. Thus, the director aimed at attracting foreigners attention to Uzbek cultural heritage and promote the national elements among international audience.

Lazgi is a dance specific to Khorezm (Khiva) and is a part of the rich history and culture of Uzbekistan.

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