Central Asia Initiative Film Screening: "Little Angel, Make Me Happy"
Directed by Usman Saparov, Turkmenistan, 1992. Opening remarks by David MacFadyen, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Thursday, March 13, 2008
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Little Angel, Make Me Happy tells an intimate story within the larger historical context of the deportation of ethnic Germans from Turkmenistan to Siberia during the Second World War. The film centers around a child named Georg who escapes capture and placement in an orphanage. As he tries to make sense of what's going on around him, and why people who were once his friends are now treating him with contempt, he awaits the traditional "Baby Angel" of Easter, who he believes will protect him. The film is from a collection films from Central Asia given to the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures by the Open Society Institute.
David MacFadyen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His research focuses on post-war Russian literature, Soviet cinema and animation, popular entertainment, the "small stage" (èstrada) and song.
David MacFadyen's introductory comments can be found here.
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