Baking Oven Bread

Alternative Title: Making Bread

Series Title: Mountain Peoples of Central Asia


The Tajiks prepare their flat bread, using a somewhat different method from their Pushtu neighbors. In the grim Hindu Kush Mountains, a lone Moslem woman of the Tajik tribe kneads her dough into a flattened, rounded form, slapping it to the vertical walls of her clay oven. The crisp, flat, unleavened bread is like that of Biblical times.


Edited Film

Country/Location: Badakhstan (Northeastern Afghanistan)

Tribe or Group: Tajik

Cinematographer: Hermann Schlenker

Production Company: IFF

Running Time: 11 min.

Decade Produced: 1960s

Years Distributed: -1969

Film Gauge: 16mm

Stock: B&W safety

Footage Count: 389'

Sound: Un-narrated, Native Music

Notes: Shot and edited before African Village Life films. IFF took Schlenker's footage and cut into 14 separate films. Schlenker owns OCN. Earlier title was Making Bread (titles changed @ 1972). There are 14 titles in the Mountain Peoples of Central Asia series: 10 were released first in 1969, 4 were released in 1972.

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