*EVENT CANCELED*: Central Asian Cinema Series: East Coast Film Premiere of Centaur | Wilson Center
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*EVENT CANCELED*: Central Asian Cinema Series: East Coast Film Premiere of Centaur

Event Co-sponsors

Central Asia Program, George Washington University

Due to a technical complication, this event has been canceled.

The Kennan Institute and George Washington University’s Central Asia Program, with the support of the Kyrgyz Embassy in the USA and Canada, are pleased to present the East Coast premiere of Centaur (2016), the film festival hit of acclaimed director Aktan Arym Kubat. Shot with technical virtuosity in the steppes of Central Asia, Centaur draws on the Kyrgyz proverb that horses are “the wings of humankind.” The film both directed by and starring Arym Kubat testifies to the schism of contemporary Kyrgyzstan, caught between the worlds of modern commerce and traditional mythology. A recipient of the Art Cinema Award at the Berlin Film Festival and of the Snow Leopard Best Actor Award at the Los Angeles Asian World Film Festival, Centaur will be followed by a discussion with Central Asian cinema scholars from George Washington and Georgetown universities.

The Central Asian Cinema Series considers the role of history and memory in creating a multifaceted image of the region in the global arena. For more information, visit our page here.


  • Peter Rollberg

    Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs, Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University
  • Michael Rouland

    Title VIII Short-Term Grant
    Adjunct Professor, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University