Longing for Djamila

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German title Longing for Djamila
Original title Джамиля
Country of production Soviet Union
original language Russian
Publishing year 1969
length 83 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Irina Poplavskaya
script Chingis Aitmatov
production Mosfilm , Kyrgyz film
music Nikolai Sidelnikov
camera Kydyrschan Kydyraliev
cut Jelena Surashskaya

Longing for Djamila is a Soviet love film by Irina Poplawskaja from 1969. It is based on the novella Djamila by Tschingis Aitmatow , who also wrote the screenplay and can be heard in the film as the narrator.


An auditorium in the Kyrgyz steppe in 1941: The men were drafted into the war, the wives remained behind, who now keep hoping for news from the soldiers. Among them is the young Djamila, who was only married to husband Sadyk a few months before he was drafted. The marriage came as a surprise to her. After a traditional horse race, which she won against Sadyk and with which she shamed him according to tradition, he kidnapped her. When she returned, the narrator announced, she refused to surrender her girl's cap. A short time later she was married to Sadyk. She doesn't know if he ever loved her. When she married, she joined Sadyk's family, who run two farms. After the men leave, Seit, Sadyk's little brother, is the only male resident of the farm.

Djamila is courted by the men of the Auls, but remains loyal to her husband, even if Djamila only dedicates a short ending in his letters. Djamila works harder than she needs to. For the weak Danijar, who returned wounded from the front and now has a crooked leg, she has only mockery left. She plays tricks on him and when Seit notices that Danijar adores Djamila, he too makes his life difficult. They both load a sack of grain that is too heavy for him onto the wagon. To empty the sacks, they have to be carried up a high ramp and the grains poured onto the mountain of grain from above. Although Danijar almost collapses under the weight of the sack and Djamila implores him to drop the sack, since it was all just a joke, Danijar dragged him to the end of the long ramp. Djamila is slowly changing her mind about Danijar. Both secretly get closer. But when, after a long time, a man from the Auls comes from the front and also brings news from Sadyk, Djamila decides for Danijar. Both flee from the Aul. The next day Sadyk is back from the front and rides off with other men from the Auls to catch up with his unfaithful wife. He would kill Djamila and Danijar, but the men can no longer catch up with them.

Since, who has already drawn pictures of Djamila and Danijar, also wants to leave the Aul and begin training as a painter. As a grown man looking back on his childhood, he realizes that the community in the Aul finally broke up at this time.


Longing for Djamila came to the cinemas of the Soviet Union in 1969 and had its premiere in the cinemas of the GDR on April 17, 1970. On February 4, 1972, the film was shown for the first time on DFF 1 on the television of the GDR and on April 23, 1972 it was shown for the first time on ARD on German television. In September 2005, Icestorm released the film on DVD as part of the Russian Classics series .


Friedel Hohnwald wrote the DEFA dubbing dialogue , and Arno Wolf directed it.

role actor Voice actor
Djamila Natalia Arinbasarova Ursula Werner
Danijar Suimenkul Chokmorov Wolfgang Pampel
since Nasredin Dubashev Dietmar Stiehl
mother Aliman Djangorosova Annemarie Hentschel
Sadyk Altinbek Kenshekow Wolf-Dietrich Voigt
Osmon Muchtar Bakhtygireev Günter Grabbert
Brigadier Orosmat Nassyr Kitaev Rainer R. Lange
teller Chingis Aitmatov Siegfried Voss


The Lexicon of International Films wrote that “the film […] in its poetic portrayal of the vast landscape, in the differentiated portrayal of the sensuality of the characters [fascinates]; the lyrical intensity of the camera is also impressive. "

For Cinema , Sehnsucht nach Djamila was a “congenial film adaptation of the wonderfully melancholy novel by Tschingis Aitmatow. Conclusion: sensual declaration of love to love ”.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Longing for Djamila. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. See cinema.de