The director and writer Mansur Vasati working on the script for the film ‘Adam’s Offspring’, in which he tries to find a solution to the complex conflict of civilizations. Whether he succeeds? However, his creative task is the other - to focus the viewer’s attention on the problem, get to think and thereby protect against rash actions, make people a little kinder and wiser, and most importantly - humane.
In one interview, you said you had been working on the film ‘Adam’s Offspring’ for several years. Is it true?
“More than four years, it is a very complicated philosophical theme. It is highly relevant to modern society, though, it is not so easy to come up, because it is the relationship of people with different ideas about life and religion. Moral training took most of the time.
I realize that all people on Earth are related to each other and to a certain extent are related to one another. Maybe it is trite, but that is my paradigm. I believe that all of us are the descendants of Adam. Hence the title of the film ‘Adam’s Offspring’ and the main idea is to awaken in people a sense of unity and mutual responsibility for the fate of others. For this we have to delve into the problems of global relations, they should carefully form the basis of the plot. And most important is that the picture should lead the audience to the idea of tolerance, exclusion of our lives all kinds of conflicts.
For me it is a very important project, but very difficult for the subject and implementation, so I do not hurry. It is necessary to do a great job to shoot a full-length motion picture, to which I am not ready. In order to achieve the assigned goals, I initially want to shoot a short film, in which the whole point of ideas will be reflected. And I am going to participate with this film in festivals to hear the opinion of colleagues from different countries. And then, taking into account all the responses, I turn it into a full-length film.
I really want the film becomes an international project, in this I see the key to success. It will be good if to involve at least three countries in the work on the project - Uzbekistan, Russia and France. This idea is very complicated, but I do not set myself an easy task.”
You once said that the best of your work is the film ‘Quduq’ (Well)…
“A parent loves all his children. But I think there are those among them whom you can really be proud of. And the film ‘Quduq’ is one of them. And that is OK, because it is the last full-length picture, with which I even participated in international film festivals. In this work, I feel experience, and wisdom, everything that a person acquires during the years of life. I like to be aware of this.
Last year, the film was shown at the 11th International Film Festival, which was held in Kazan. And I was very pleased when the audience after the show came up and thanked me. It means I managed to make the problem available.”
Why do you prefer this script?
“Director chooses out a particular script, because the main point of the story is the same with his pain in his heart, attitude.
My main motto in art: “We can not create what destroys humanity in us.” I am convinced that the task of the cinema and the arts in general is the protection of humanity in human. The hero of the film ‘Quduq’ is a person who is lack in the society of people of the Earth, and their number goes down. People lose communication with each other. The concept ‘Love thy neighbor’ becomes strange. Hence, differences and wars emerge. I really want to believe that this film will be instructive for all audiences, and will save them from rash actions.
The script for the film ‘Quduq’ was written by famous writer and playwright Tashkent Gafur Shermukhammad. It amazed me at once for the acuteness of assigned issues, interesting, well written characters and, in general, attracted with its very idea. I charmed with the image of the main character, his humanity, immense benevolence, forgiveness, a sense of civic responsibility, by which I mean love and tolerance for the other person, respect and understanding of each and every one - feelings that were the main features of his character.
The film tells the story of an ordinary man, whose name is unknown, even the audience knows him by his nickname Lallay, which means ‘patsy.’ He digs the wells that provide water for people, he is an unsurpassed master of his craft, always unerringly finds the water and at the same time he is a simpleton who does not ask from the customers even deserved payment for his hard work.
And people pay him very little money for overwork, constantly deceiving him, but he does not grumble at fate and selflessly doing his job, and if that happens, blaming only himself. And when trouble comes to his house, his son falls ill seriously, no one rushes to help him, and he remains with his trouble alone. This story seemed to be taken from a thousand lives. It should not be in real life, right? And we are able to change it.”
I wonder how a man filming serious movies, engaged in advertising and videos…
“Previously I looked at commercials and music videos with suspicion. And then I realized that this is a laboratory, a kind of mini-movie. And now I am very interested in shooting them. Here, also, it all depends on how well you will show the essence of the story.
Expanding the space for experimenting, I master one more direction – social videos. With PYM Kamolot we shoot the stories dedicated to saving water. I like it.”
It is true that your diary brought you the cinematography, which you kept since the fifth grade?
“The way it is, from the fifth grade until my graduation from the Institute. I liked to make records on all interesting moments. He loved to watch people and their actions. Estimating the clothes of people I tried to figure out who they were and what they thought about. In the 90s of the last century by the will of fate I had to tour around the former Union and see so much that I did not have time to write everything down. In the future, I did not satisfy only with making records. I wanted something more and more interesting. By that time, I graduated from school. I did not know what Institute to chose. My father wanted me to go to the higher police school. Then they wanted to see me as a military pilot, or physician. I went to medical high school at the Pediatric Institute. But I knew that all this was not my wish. My friends told me about the Theater Institute. I wandered on its halls, rooms and floors and realized that it was my world. I persuaded the parents to hire a tutor. I passed the exams and entered the director’s department of the Institute. It was exactly what I wanted. That is to record the story and to tell people. And the observations that were recorded in my diary help me to work on the images of characters.”
Do you still keep a diary?
“Today my diary is my movies. All that I have seen and noticed in life is the basis for my pictures.”