US embassy presents American films, Silk Road photography in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — On July 20, the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan will kick off its country-wide annual summer film screenings, featuring three popular American films with themes of teamwork, diligence, empathy, and achieving personal goals. The films will be shown in July and August at theaters in Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Dashoguz, Mary, Turkmenabat, and Turkmenbashy. U.S. Embassy personnel will introduce the films and greet visitors before and after the screenings.

In addition to the films, the Embassy will organize a photography exhibition at each film screening venue connected to the 2018 theme “Turkmenistan is the Heart of the Great Silk Road”. The exhibition will include iconic Silk Road sites photographed by American Tom Till, who traveled to Turkmenistan in September to October 2017. Many of the sites featured in the photography exhibition—including the Caravanserai at Dayahatyn and the Greater Gyz Gala in ancient Merv—have been researched and restored through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Coco, a computer-animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, earned $806 million worldwide to become one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time. A Dog’s Purpose, a feature film, tells a unique story about empathy from the perspective of a family pet. Mary Poppins, the classic musical from 1964, won 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is one of the most renowned American films of the last century.

The summer film screenings and photography exhibition will run from July 20 to August 12 according to the following schedule. All films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles and are open to the public free of charge.

Mary – State Drama Theater of Mary Named After Kemine
Friday, July 20 at 18:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Friday, July 20 at 19:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Saturday, July 21 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Saturday, July 21 at 19:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Turkmenabat – State Music and Drama Theater of Lebap Named After S. Seidi
Sunday, July 22 at 18:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Sunday, July 22 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Monday, July 23 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Monday, July 23 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Monday, July 23 at 17:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Dashoguz – State Music and Drama Theater of Dashoguz Named After Andalyp
Saturday, July 28 at 18:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Saturday, July 28 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Sunday, July 29 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Sunday, July 29 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Sunday, July 29 at 17:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Balkanabat – State Drama Theater of Balkan Named After S. Turkmenbashy
Tuesday, July 31 at 18:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Tuesday, July 31 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Wednesday, August 1 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Wednesday, August 1 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Wednesday, August 1 at 17:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Turkmenbashy – Cultural House of the Oil Refineries Complex
Thursday, August 2 at 10:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Thursday, August 2 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Thursday, August 2 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Thursday, August 2 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Thursday, August 2 at 19:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Ashgabat – “Ashgabat” Cinema Hall
Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 – Photography Exhibition opens
Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Saturday, August 11 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Saturday, August 11 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)

Ashgabat – “Ashgabat” Cinema Hall
Sunday, August 12 at 11:00 – Coco (animated film)
Sunday, August 12 at 15:00 – Mary Poppins (feature film)
Sunday, August 12 at 19:00 – A Dog’s Purpose (feature film)
Sunday, August 12 at 19:00 – Photography Exhibition closes

Sergey Kwan

TCA