Kazakhstan's films: Debate on censorship and limited funding

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Central Asia's film festival season is in full swing, and as movie buffs in cities like Almaty, Bishkek, Tashkent and Dushanbe sample some of the region's latest cinematic works, the debate on censorship and limited film funding is gaining fresh attention.

"Only in post-Soviet countries do we have this situation where [nearly] all cinema is sponsored by government," said Nikita Makarenko, producer of the Central Asian Festival of Independent Film in Tashkent.

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