Here is a Mulla Nasruddin story that always appealed to me as a kid:
Mulla Nasruddin’s wife sent him to the store to get some yogurt. Since he was known to forget things, she told him to keep repeating it to himself till he got to the store. Mulla was rushing and saying at each step “yogurt! yogurt! yogurt!”
He jumped over a small stream and when he got to the other side, he forgot what he had been saying.
“Aye!” He screamed out. “I lost something in the stream!”
There were some people around him who thought he had dropped something by the stream and dropped what they were doing to come help him look for what it was he had lost. Some time passed and they could not get from him what it was he lost and could not find anything that could have dropped.
So a woman who had come to help said, “This is a waste of time! I need to get some yogurt and finish setting up dinner!”
At this the Mulla said, “AHA! I found it!”
Then he went on his way saying to himself at each step “yogurt! yogurt! yogurt!” leaving behind a very perplexed group of people!
I am rather bad at retelling good jokes, so this may be an example of that. So lets just get to this film she found online.
In 1943 the Soviets made a film of Mulla Nasruddin. He is always shown on his donkey and he is quite poor, since a mulla, a man of religion is not known for having lots of money. In this film, he is simply “hoja” or “Khwaja” so he has been removed of his religious position. He becomes the perfect example of the proletariat within a Central Asian context and in this film, which is in Russian, he manages to mock the Amir of Bukhara, who is shown as a cruel lazy man with a very over-sized turban!
The film is Russian without subtitles. But the songs are in Uzbeki!