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Aygul Bakanova


Born in 1982 and grew up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Aygul earned her BA in International Journalism, before continuing her studies in Moscow, specializing in script writing for television. She embarked on a career writing for Russia’s biggest television stations.


After 4 years of experience in Moscow, Aygul started the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School. During the course she wrote and directed several short films and a documentary.
The Song of the Rain, her graduation film which she wrote, directed and co-produced, is a short film set in rural Kyrgyzstan.


The film was premiered in the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival and has been screened at various film festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


Drifting Snows, which will be her first full length feature film, has also been selected for the Residence of the Cannes Film Festival in Paris.

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