Experience the Kazan Muslim Film Festival: A celebration of Islamic culture and unity

The festival aims to foster cultural dialogue and strengthen bilateral ties between Russia and Malaysia.

07 Jun 2024 02:28pm
The festival will run from June 8 to June 10, 2024.
The festival will run from June 8 to June 10, 2024.

From tomorrow (June 8) to June 10, the public is invited to Pustaka Raja Tun Uda (PRTU) in Shah Alam to join the Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival, which will showcase a diverse selection of films and documentaries that highlight Islamic culture and values.

The festival, which serves as a platform for cultural exchange and a way to promote understanding and appreciation of Islamic art and traditions, aims to foster cultural dialogue and strengthen bilateral ties between Russia and Malaysia.

It will bring together artists, filmmakers, and cultural experts from both countries, where the festival creates opportunities for collaboration and mutual learning.

Malaysians are encouraged to participate in the event to broaden their perspectives, gain insights into Russian and Tatar culture, and celebrate the rich diversity of Islamic heritage.

The festival will feature five films, (including an animated feature for children) and two documentaries that offer unique insights into promoting universal spiritual and cultural values, while also highlighting the traditions and practices of the Tatar community, in Kazan, Russia.

Among the attendees will be Tatarstan culture minister Ayupova Irada Khafizyanovna and Victoria Dautova, who is also from the culture ministry, Islamic Culture Museum head Ilnur Nizamiew, and three directors whose films are on display.

Attendees will also have the chance to interact with a calligrapher and a Tatar costume expert in addition to film screenings, which will further enrich their Tatar culture and heritage understanding.

One of the vital goals of the festival is to combat Islamophobia and promote intercultural understanding, where the films will promote kindness, peace, and fairness, regardless of the filmmaker's religious background, which will specifically challenge stereotypes and foster a more inclusive society.

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The festival also recognises and showcases films that promote human, spiritual, and moral values, regardless of the filmmaker's religious background.

Since its establishment in 2005, the Kazan International Film Festival also referred to as 'Altyn Minbar', has emerged as a prominent cultural occasion.

Coordinated by the Russian Muftis Council, the Russian Federation Culture and Cinematography Federal Agency, and the Republic of Tatarstan culture ministry, this festival is committed to fostering cultural exchange and honouring shared spiritual and cultural principles.

Malaysians will have the opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives, celebrate shared values, and strengthen cultural ties with Russia and the wider Muslim community by participating in the festival, which also offers a unique opportunity for Malaysians to explore the rich Tatarstan cultural heritage.

Through cultural exchanges, artistic collaborations, and dialogue, the festival will serve as a bridge between nations and contribute to building a more inclusive and harmonious society.

More details, including on movie and show times, are available on Perbadanan Pustaka Awam Selangor's (PPAS) social media platforms.

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