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  • Shadow of the Holy Book

    2007. Finland. Arto Halonen. 90 min.

New York premiere. Discussion with Halonen

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 3:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • Shadow of the Holy Book

    2007. Finland. Directed by Arto Halonen. Two intrepid investigative filmmakers reveal the secretive and repressive dictatorship of Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan's head of state from 1985 to 2006. The cornerstone of his regime was the Ruhnama, a ludicrous combination of national legends, propaganda, and his autobiography. The book, which demanded complete loyalty, was used as justification for human rights violations. In attempts to gain access to the country's natural resources, a number of Western industrial giants had the Ruhnama translated into several languages. In Turkish, Finnish, French, English; English subtitles. 90 min.

In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2009

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