ALBERT KUVEZYN’S YENISEI PUNK BAND YAT-KHA PERFORM THEIR STUNNING LIVE SCORE TO VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN'S 1928 SOVIET EPIC "STORM OVER ASIA: THE HEIR OF GENGHIS KHAN" AS PART OF THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE’S “RUSSIA” SEASON. SHOT IN THE BURYIAT REGION OF MONGOLIA AND EASTERN TUVA, CENSORED FOR YEARS BY BOTH THE BRITISH AND SOVIET GOVERNMENTS, THIS PRE-IMPERIALISTIC CLASSIC HAS BEEN NEWLY RESTORED BY MAREK PYTEL FOR REALITYFILM FROM ORIGINAL NEGATIVES IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BFI NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE AND CONTEMPORARY FILMS. THE DIRECTOR'S ORIGINAL 145 MINUTE CUT FEATURING NEWLY COMMISSIONED FULL SIZE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TITLES AND AN INTRODUCTION FROM TUVA BY THE SHAMAN ROMAN SAGAAN. AN ORIGINAL REALITY PRODUCTION.

NFT1 BF1 SOUTHBANK. 20th MAY 2011: 19.15pm

 


YAT KHA's performance of STORM OVER ASIA produced by Marek Pytel at the National Film Theatre was recorded and forms the centrepiece of the forthcoming DVD release. With newly struck full size Stenberg font English language titles, the Disc also features a revolutionary 32 language international subtitle menu, translated by the bands fans throughout the world via the worldwide web coordinated by Lu Edmonds. Additional features include an introduction by the Shaman Roman Sagaan shot in Tuva and a wealth of historical documents and photographic materials, including the previously unpublished memoirs of British officer Captain Hugh Stewart Walker, stationed in Mongolia at the time the events depicted in the film were taking place.


Yat-Kha

YAT-KHA

Music and Throat-singing from the Altai-Sayani Mountains of Tuva (southern Siberia). Yat-Kha first emerged in 1991 at the "Voice of Asia Festival" in Alma-Aty, Kazakhstan. Brian Eno was impressed enough to invent a "Special Prize" on the spot for Albert KUVEZIN's unique ultra-deep "kanzat" throat-singing. Now a 6-piece band - founder Albert is joined by young "Khoomeiji" ace morinhuur player Radik TIULIUSH, and Tuvan musicians Zhenya TKACHOV (percussion), Sailyk OMMUN (yat-kha, vox), Mahmoud SKRIPALTSCHCHIKOV (bass) - the band has built up a reputation across many different audiences appearing at Folk festivals, improv Jazz sessions, sweaty punk rock clubs, new age gatherings, WOMAD, classical concert halls and the WOMEX 1999. Prevented as late as 1989 by the KGB and local "ideological" cultural departments from playing their contemporary take on age old forms of local expression, YAT KHA today embrace the musical and vocal traditions of the peoples who inhabit the Altai-Sayani mountains, the Tuvan, Khakass and Mongolian nomads, whilst reaching out from one of the most remote parts of the planet to modern life, electricity and other cultures.

“Both electric AND electrifying, it's unlike anything you've heard...”
The Beat magazine 1999


STORM OVER ASIA

A direct, frank, deadly blow to American, British and Soviet Russian imperialist perfidity. Pudovkin's long neglected silent epic is screened here in its restored full length original version unavailable for over 70 years. Re-issued "sonorised" in the late 1940's but cut by over 30 minutes, the film's original titles were excised and much unique historical footage of local life in the Altai, Mongolian and Tuvan Urianghai Central Asiatic Republics disappeared as these regions themselves were simply absorbed into Soviet Russian territory. At the same time the film's original and emotive ending, from which the title of the film "STORM OVER ASIA" came, was censored almost to the point of travesty. This screening of a new High Definition print taken from safety negatives of original nitrate materials by Marek pytel for Realtyfilm, in conjucnction with Contemporary films and the BFI National Film and Television Archive, previously unavailable in the UK or anywhere else, restores all the previously "lost" footage providing a rare opportunity to re-assess the talents of one of world cinema's greatest theorists and a director of genius.

 




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