Unbroken

During the Second World War, 101 soldiers from Uzbekistan are captured by the Nazis and transported to a concentration camp in occupied Holland, where they were abused in a German attempt to tell a story of "Untermenschen". The documentary makers show a true story, with gripping interviews of eyewitnesses and a focus on the emotions of the Uzbeks, that proves that they can be killed as persons, but do not break as the people of Uzbekistan.

  • Shukhrat Makhmudov
    Director
  • Roza Mergenbaeva
    Writer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Matonat
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    History
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Uzbekistan
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands, Uzbekistan
  • Language:
    Uzbek
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Uzbek
    Tashkent
    Uzbekistan
    May 5, 2021
    Uzbekistan Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Curiosity Group GmbH - rogier.vanderheide@curiositygroup.com
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Shukhrat Makhmudov

Uzbek movie director Shukhrat Makhmudov worked early on in his career as Director of Photography on four feature films after which he established as a director of documentaries. Shukhrat made over 90 documentaries during his career. For his film about the war in Afganistan he received the highest national award.

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Director Statement

Matonat ("Unbroken") is about the true spirit of survival that lives within people. As it is said in the movie, "they may have shot us as persons, but they can never kill us as people". We made a film about the most profound of human emotions.