Love and Broken Glass

  • Denmark

Bishkek is the capital city of the former Soviet republic Kyrgyzstan – a slightly run down metropolis and home to the 13-years old Guljamal, also called Gulu. Her mother leaves home for work very early in the morning, and comes back late at night. They hardly talk about the father. Gulu is a daring girl; she likes dancing, hangs out with her girl friends, and can break glass bottles with her bare hand. She also looks after her younger siblings, cleans, cooks, and serves tea to her older brother. She constantly shifts between her two roles of girl and mother. She has a crush on a boy at the playground.
“With gentle camera work, the film makes her world accessible to the viewer. Touching are the playful moments between Gulu and her baby brother, and unsettling the talk of an unknown woman about the Kyrgyz tradition to kidnap young girls and marry them to someone against their will.”
(from the Dok Leipzig catalogue 2006)


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  • Original title
    Kærlighed og Smadret Glas
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Suvi Andrea Helminen
  • Editing
    Camilla Ebling
  • Sound
    Thomas Jæger
  • Duration
    35 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Denmark
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Nordlys Film
      • Gammel Kongevej 119A 5. sal
      • 1850 Frederiksberg C
      • Denmark
      • tel: +45 2238 2858
      • e-mail:
  • Festivals
    • Documenta Madrid, Spain
    • Göttingen International Film Festival, Germany
    • Huesca film Festival, Spain
    • Ethno Film Fest, Berlin, Germany
    • Pärnu Documentary and Anthropology Festival, Estonia
    • Viscult Film Fest, Finland
    • Document 04, Scotland
    • Docusur, Festival Internacional de Documentales del Sur , Spain
    • Dok Leipzig, Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
    • Femmina Film Festival, Norway
    • L’Alternativa – Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain
    • International Festival of Ethnological Films, Belgrade, Serbia
    • Copenhagen DOX, Denmark
    • Mostra Int. do Filme Etnografica, Brazil
    • Guangzhao International Documentary Festival, China
    • Kin international film fest, Armenia
    • One world Int. film Festival, Czech Republic
    • Pesaro Film Festival, Italy
    • Città del Sole International Documentary Film Festival, Italy
    • European Environmental and Arts Festival – EEAF, Scotland
    • Flahertiana International Film Festival, Russia
    • Femmes r Us, Berlin
    • Festival Millenium
    • Uninvited Festival, France
  • Awards
    • Jury’s 2.prize in the original documentary section, Documenta Madrid


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