The film narrates three stories of the brutal Russian occupation of Kazakhstan, starting from the colonial period (1837-1847), moving on to Stalin’s totalitarian system (1917-1952), and finally to Soviet Stalin and Khrushev period (1960-1980). Each story depicting attempts by the Russian Empire to erase the Kazakh traditions, culture and history. This story is revealed through a young Kazakh journalist Ramazan Duman. For the first time in history, Kazakh cinematographers dared to address a topic, which had been long under the seal of taboo, and consequently provoked a strong reaction of the general public and an unprecedented box office success.

Followed by Q & A with the Filmmakers


Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film - Kazakhstan

Genre: Drama

Country: Kazakhstan

Year: 2016

Duration: 127 minutes

Director: Satybaldy Narymbetov

Language(s): Kazakh, Russian

Subtitles: English 

Producer: Arman Assenov

Screenplay: Satybaldy Narymbetov

Cinematographer: Alexandr Plotnikov

Editor: Adil Merekenov                                                                                 

Music: Aktoti Ralmkulova

Principal Cast: Berik Ajtzhanov, Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova, Sanzhar Madiev, Aziz Bejshenaliev