Taxi drivers

Synopsis_Taxi drivers
“Taxi-drivers” – here are three short stories about peoples, two of which are migrants. They make their living working at thousands of kilometers from home – in Russia and USA. The third one remained in Tajikistan and made up his mind to prove that one could be substantial & well off in his Motherland. Both Umed Rustamov (29 years old) and Rakhmat Khaidarov (58 years old) are search for a better life brought Umed to New York City. Rakhmat, a former businessman, found himself in Moscow. Tolib Bakhranov (44 years old), a professional driver, stayed at home in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). All three are taxi drivers now. The first one makes his buck in Manhattan, the second one makes rounds near the Kremlin and the third one drives passengers in Dushanbe, the capital city and its mountainous suburbs. The main goal of the film is to see and understand how people who were born in the same city and one ethnic region are trying to find their place under the sun in a foreign land, and adapting themselves to the new conditions.

  • Mumin Shakirov
    Director
  • Mumin Shakirov
    Writer
  • Mumin Shakirov
    Producer
  • Mumin Shakirov
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation, Tajikistan, United States
  • Language:
    English, Persian, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Moscow
    Russian Federation
    December 19, 2019
    Moscow
    Theather Show
Distribution Information
  • Bactria Film
    Country: Russian Federation
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV
  • Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
    Country: Czech Republic
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mumin Shakirov

Mumin Shakirov was born on 29 March 1959 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In 1989 he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography. In 1992 he shot his first feature length film "All is Quiet in Bagdad" at the Iris-Film Studio (Tashkent). From 1994 to 1997 he worked at the "Literary Gazette" and covered civil conflicts on hot spots, such as Tajikistan , Chechnya, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia. He authored several books, including "Drug trafficking in Russia" and "A million for women". In 2004, together with the Polish journalist Zigmund Dzieciolowski he made a documentary "Contest" (about a beauty pageant at a Russian woman's prison). In 2008 he made a documentary "Hollywood, Russian Path" in California about the Russian actors who attempted to conquer Tinseltown. From 1998 to 2012, he has been with Radio Liberty as Special Correspondent and wrote and directed several documentary mini-series, including "Eastern Express", "Hot Spots of the Former Empire", and "Is it Easy to be a Russian in the Neighbouring Countries and the Baltics." In 2013 he made a controversial documentary “Holocaust – is it a wallpaper paste?” The film premiered on 22 June 2013 at the October cinema within the framework of the Moscow International Film Festival 2013 (main competition, the documentary section).

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