The Crying of Tanbur

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The Crying of Tanbur

A true story, The Crying of Tanbur, is a narrative film produced by Anisa Sabiri, an award winning filmmaker and graduate of the New Moscow Film School. Native to rural Tajikistan, she hopes to use her art to shine a light on the history and horrors of the civil war and conflicts that have affected so many in her homeland, but are often forgotten by the rest of the world. Anisa and her team through the support of her generous donors were able to make their vision a reality. They produced the film and since then have received worldwide acclaim having been accepted to eighteen film festivals - from New York, to Seoul, to Iraq. 

As Anisa and her team travel across the world to spread their inspiring message, we are asking for your help to cover some of the costs of travel, so that the film can continue to gain traction and shine a light on the history of Tajikistan and the impact of war on children everywhere. The team has been accepted to additional festivals in France - in order to get Anisa and her team there, we need your help.

Furthermore,  Anisa and her Team have already completed shooting of their next documentary, this time focused on preserving the beautiful traditions of music in Tajikistan. Though the German embassy has helped them cover the initial costs of filming, the team has a budget of $5K for post production. Please read the synopsis below. 

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Synopsis of the documentary film

"Rhythms of Lost Time"

Before, music was not only entertaining - it accompanied a person in all of his life cycles, from lullaby to death. A special rhythm of traditional music was a companion, a tuning fork of the soul - either tuning it to a certain harmony, or not letting it fall in the terrestrial world, from which, after the physical death of a person, it was leading him into another world.

The famous British musician Leo Abrahams can not forget the rhythm of a strange music, the record of which was brought by his friend from the distant mountain country to London, explaining to him that this is some funeral melody called "maddo". Since then, 13 years have passed, but Leo could not forget the melody, trying in vain to find analogies in other cultures. Now he decides to go to Tajikistan to understand what he associates with this music - a question that he can not answer logically, sitting in comfortable London.

At this time in the mountain valley of Bartang, his tool continues to make old Jonboz - all his life he spent making tools that perform an important function in the social life of his region - he knows that it was with his ancestors, and continues their business. Johnboz is one of the last custodians of unique knowledge about the tools with which help escorts the soul of the deceased to another world, according to the ancient beliefs of the Tajiks. Can Jonboz answer Leo on a question that tortures a British musician? Or would he seem strange to him? After all, for Johnboz his musical tradition is an ordinary, practical part of life. Leo will continue is journey to the isolated parts of Tajikistan, to meet  the other custodians – but all of them are on the verge of leaving this world, and after them there will be no one, because new state laws have ordered them, and Islam puts them outside religion ...
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