Long Distance Love
Reception at 6:00pm. Film screening at 6:30pm, followed by discussion. Discussants: Roger Waldinger (UCLA, Sociology) and Ali Igmen (California State University, Long Beach, History). Hosted by the UCLA Asia Institute Program on Central Asia. Cosponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies. Part of the International Institute Human Rights Film Series.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
James Bridges Theater
1409 Melnitz Hall
A film by Magnus Gertten and Elin Jonsson, Sweden 2009.
Synopsis: Kyrgyzstan today. Just married Alisher has to leave his pregnant wife Dildora to work in Russia, 3.500 km from home. He is one of the 12-16 million Russian guest workers who are forced to leave their countries and work, mostly illegally, under harsh conditions in low-paid jobs in order to support their families. After eight months of hardship in Moscow, Alisher returns to his young family, having failed to earn enough to provide for them. This is a love story clouded by migration and modern slavery.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA International Institute, Asia Institute, Program on Central Asia