Turksib (film)

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Turksib 1929 film poster.jpg
Directed byViktor Alexandrovitsh Turin
Written byYakov Aron
Aleksandr Macheret
Viktor Shklovsky
Victor A. Turin
CinematographyBoris Frantsisson
Yevgeni Slavinsky
Release date
24 May 1930
CountrySoviet Union

Turksib (Russian: Турксиб) is a 1929 Soviet documentary film directed by Viktor Alexandrovitsh Turin documenting the building of the Turkestan–Siberia Railway.[1] The rail line stretched northeast from Tashkent to Almaty and on to Novosibirsk. The film contrasts the open desert and sand, with the order of rails and movement of machines.[2] The Turkic people ride horses and camels and rear sheep. This drama is set against the dry steppe as it is converted into a cotton growing region.

"Turksib" was particularly appreciated by the classic British and Canadian documentary filmmaker John Grierson, who prepared the English version of the picture.[3]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by the British Film Institute in 2011 as part of The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Night Mail, with a newly commissioned soundtrack by Guy Bartell of British group Bronnt Industries Kapital.[4][5]


  1. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. pp. 260–261.
  2. ^ H.D. (December 1929). "Turksib". Close Up. Pool Group. pp. 488–492.
  3. ^ Jack C. Ellis, Betsy A. McLane. (2005). A new history of documentary film. New York, London: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 37–38. ISBN 0-8264-1751-5.
  4. ^ "Buy The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Night Mail (Dual Format Edition) - Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Night Mail". shop.bfi.org.uk.
  5. ^ "Soviet Influence, The: From Turksib to Nightmail · British Universities Film & Video Council". bufvc.ac.uk.

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