Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival debuts on June 8

The Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival is set to take place at Pustaka Raja Tun Uda in Shah Alam from June 8 to June 10, showcasing a diverse selection of films and documentaries that highlight Islamic culture and values. 

This festival serves as a platform for cultural exchange and aims to promote understanding and appreciation of Islamic art and traditions.

The main objective of the Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival is to foster cultural dialogue and strengthen bilateral ties between Russia and Malaysia. 

By bringing together artists, filmmakers and cultural experts from both countries, the festival creates opportunities for collaboration and mutual learning. 

Malaysians are encouraged to participate in this 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 in promoting universal spiritual and cultural values, and highlighting the traditions and practices of the Tatar community in Kazan, Russia. 

Also present are Ayupova Irada Khafizyanovna who is the minister of culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, Victoria Dautova also from the culture ministry, Ilnur Nizamiew who is the head of Museum of Islamic Culture and three directors whose films are on showcase.

In addition to film screenings, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a calligrapher and a Tatar costume expert, further enriching their understanding of Tatar culture and heritage.

One of the key goals of the Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival is to combat Islamophobia and promote intercultural understanding. 

By showcasing films that promote kindness, peace and fairness, regardless of the filmmaker’s religious background, the festival aims to challenge stereotypes and foster a more inclusive society.

The festival also seeks to recognize and showcase films that promote human, spiritual and moral values, regardless of the filmmaker’s religious background.

The Kazan International Film Festival, ‘Altyn Minbar’, has been a significant cultural event since its inception in 2005. Organized by the Muftis Council of Russia, the Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the festival has been dedicated to promoting dialogue between cultures and celebrating universal spiritual and cultural values.

The Malaysian government’s support for the Russian Kazan Muslim Film Festival underscores its commitment to promoting cultural diversity and fostering positive relationships with international partners. 

By participating in this festival, Malaysians have the opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives, celebrate shared values and strengthen cultural ties with Russia and the wider Muslim community.

This festival offers a unique opportunity for Malaysians to explore the rich cultural heritage of Tatarstan, Russia and engage with thought-provoking films that promote universal values.

Through cultural exchanges, artistic collaborations and dialogue, this festival serves as a bridge between nations and contributes to building a more inclusive and harmonious society.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for an enriching experience and head towards Pustaka Raja Tun Uda in Shah Alam from June 8 to June 10.

More details, including on movies and showtimes, are available on Perbadanan Pustaka Awam Selangor’s (PPAS) social media platforms.

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