Chingiz Aitmatov 85th Anniversary

A series of events dedicated to the writer Chingiz Aitmatov, featuring screenings of movies based on his works.

Sat 31 August 2013 - Sun 01 September 2013 Rossotrudnichestvo. 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED

The Aitmatov Academy cordially invite you to the screening of movies based on Chingiz Aitmatov's works:

- 31 August, 18:00 - The White Steamship (with English Subtitles)

- 1 September, 18:00 - Cranes Fly Early (with English Subtitles)

Admission free. Reservation required:

About Chingiz Aitmatov:

Chingiz Aitmatov was a bilingual writer (Kyrgyz & Russian) from Kyrgyzstan. He was an intellectual as well as an advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev. After the collapse of the Soviet Union he helped to stengthen the newly independent Kyrgyzstan in his role as Kyrgyz Ambassador to Brussels.

Aitmatov was born on December 12th, 1928 in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. He lost his father at the age of 10, a victim of Stalin's purges. His father was executed as an "enemy of the people" in 1938. As the eldest son of the family, Aitmatov took over the responsibility of helping his mother to bring up his younger brother and two sisters. During World War II, Aitmatov was a hard-working teenager helping his family to get by in the small village of Sheker.

He graduated as a veterinary surgeon, studying first in Dshambul and later at the Agricultural High School in Frunze (now Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan). Aitmatov published his first short story in 1952.

He had been working for four years as a vet when he decided to become a writer. He applied for special training and from 1956-58 he studied at the High School for Literature in Moscow. He published his first story "Face to face" in the Kyrgyz language in 1957. His second story "Jamilia" was translated into French by Louis Aragon in the same year and brought him worldwide fame. He went on to become a celebrated author, thanks to his hard work and great talent.

His works have been translated into more than 150 languages worldwide.

Source: Aitmatov Academy