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Kazimir Gertel – Iz-pod svodov mecheti AKA From Under the Vaults of the Mosque (1927)

From Under the Vaults of the Mosque (Rus. Iz-Pod svodov mecheti) by Kazimir Gertel’ (Uzbekkino, 1927)

The action takes place in Turkestan at the end of the imperial period. Oberuchev (L. Lazarev), a cotton manufacturer from St. Petersburg, goes to Moscow to sign a delivery contract with the army before going back to Turkestan, his “homeland.” Together with his assistant Yastrebetskii (A. Poliakov), Oberuchev exploits the local population with the connivance of the local bais. An old man, Pir Nazar (A. Khojaev), is one of his victims and has to sell his belongings to pay off his debts. Read More »