Aygul Bakanova (Kirgyzstan)

Aygul Bakanova was born in 1982 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
She earned her BA in International Journalism, before
continuing her studies in Moscow, specializing in script writing.
She embarked on a career writing for Russia’s biggest
television stations. After 4 years in Moscow, Aygul started the
MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School. There, she
wrote and directed several short films and a documentary. For
her graduation project she wrote, directed and co-produced a
short story set in rural Kyrgyzstan. The film was premiered in
the Int. Competition in Locarno Festival and has been
screened at various film festivals around the world, including
Clermont-Ferrand. Aygul is currently developing her first
feature project, a family drama of a young woman coming to
terms with a stale marriage set against the complex backdrop
of modern Kyrgyz society.