The Swing

Selkinchek / The Swing, Samara Sagynbaeva, Kyrgyzstan, 2019, 21’
Fiction, o.v. Kyrgyz, Italian & English subtitles

WTFF5 – International Competition Short Films +


Winter in Kyrgyzstan. Bolot, an elderly and honest man, works as a heating worker at a village school. When the coal in his house finishes, his wife persuades him to steal coal from the school, despite the school’s scarce supply.

Director’s bio-filmography
Samara Sagynbaeva (1990) is a Kyrgyz director. She completed her journalism studies at the Jusup Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek and worked as a journalist for the local radio Sanjyra. She is currently living in Prague and studying at FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts.


Directed by Samara Sagynbaeva
Screenplay Samara Sagynbaeva, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
DOP Zhumanazar Koichubekov
Sound Salamat Supataev
Editing Aizaada Omuralieva
Sound Editing Alymbek Tursunbaev
Cast Zhyrgalbai Torogeldiev, Satkyn Zhumabekova, Urkia Mamytova, Cholpon Alimbekova
Production Ali Toktakunov
Distribution aug&ohr