Khaz-Push, Screening and Talk


Khaz-push: Screening and Lecture
Sergei Kapterev will discuss the Soviet-Armenian epic film on the 1891 revolt of Iranian peasants and craftsmen.
In partnership with the Foundation for Iranian Studies














Amo Bek-Nazarian, Soviet Union (Armenia), 1928, 75 min

Tuesday, 6 November 2012, at 7:00 PM, Innis Town Hall

In 1891, the revolt of the Khaz-push people – Iranian peasants and craftsmen – was suppressed. A few decades later, and a few years after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Soviet Armenian Film Studio reconstructed the event in an epic that was one of the early major productions in Armenia. The film offers a non-exotic, non-orientalist, Marxist view of class struggle in West Asia.

After the screening, Sergei Kapterev, Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Cinema Art in Moscow, will review the film in the context of early Soviet cinema’s attempts to include in its narratives and images the political debate about the Soviet’s relation with the ‘East’.