Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents LITTLE ANGEL, MAKE ME HAPPY, a film from Turkmenistan (1993, 88 minutes). During World War II in Turkmenia, the deportation of Soviet citizens of German origins begins; adults are sent to concentration camps, children to orphanages.
[flickr:2268840081] Six-year-old Georg hides from the Red Army Soldiers in his now-abandoned village, has to bury an adult relative, figure out how to care for a sick child, and, through this world turned upside down, he keeps his belief in Little Angel that he has heard from a children’s song.
The story touches on one of the most complex of problems: what is the Motherland? Central Asian film expert Gulnara Abikeyeva considers this film to be one of the top ten for her of all time.
Shown by permission of Open Society Institute, there is no admission fee; donations welcomed to help with Cultural Center programming and event expenses.
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