The shepherd Bo finds one day a badly hurt woman out in the desert. He takes her home to his little sheep farm that he and his younger brother Bu run. She seems to have lost the gift to speak and makes no effort to communicate with the brothers. They name their guest Ba and make her into their little possession. Soon they begin to experience jealousy and the few people around them also start to claim Ba. Uzbekistan is one of the poor states that regained their autonomy after the decomposition of the Soviet Union. To get the country to its feet they hardly reward the film-industry but helped by foreign investors it was possible to make Bo Ba Bu and through Film Festivals it has reached an international audience. It's an enchanting landscape almost nothing but undulating desert. To make a living out of livestock seems impossible and it's also a continuous fight for survival. The film has almost no dialogue. The communication is through body language and guttural sounds, but there isn't much to be said, all is done following rituals decided a long time ago. If Bo represents the primitive in man, the animal side and how it utters in the relation with women, then Bu stands for the pure, spiritual love. In a film that is the antithesis of the mediocre Hollywood-film you can guess which side that is the strongest.

Bo Ba Bu
Ali Khamraev
87 min
Asian Images
Arielle Dombasile, Abdrashid Abdrakhamnov, Djavahkir Zakhirov
Mauro Sangiorgi
Mario Ambrosino

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