There are still places in this world where people live in harmony with nature and its mythology. A family of nomads dwelling high in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan doesn't need any of the conveniences of modern civilization in order to be happy. In the eyes of seven-year-old Umsunai, legends meld with reality and help her overcome her grief over her deceased father. When her uncle returns from the city, she enthusiastically devours his stories of urban life. Yet, in her grandparents’ minds, the very same stories stir up dismal fears about their son’s detachment. Umsunai’s mother is also reluctant to leave their modest rural home behind, even if it means foregoing the chance of a new relationship. For the elderly herdsman and his wife, the heavy machinery that suddenly appears on the meadows where their horses graze represents an omen of painful change. It’s as if a part of their own souls disappears with every destroyed piece of the landscape. This poetic essay about waning traditions is actor Mirlan Abdykalykov's debut feature.


Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov

Screenplay: Aktan Arym Kubat, Ernest Abdyjaparov

Dir. of Photography: Talant Akynbekov

Music: Murzali Jeenbaev

Language: Kyrgyz

Subtitles: English

Editor: Murat Ajiev, Eldiar Madakim

Art Director: Adis Seitaliev

Producer: Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

Production: Aitysh Film

Coproduction: Oy Art Film Producing Company

Cast: Tabyldy Aktanov, Jibek Baktybekova, Taalaikan Abazova,

Anar Nazarkulova, Jenish Kangeldiev, Myrza Subanbekov

Contact: Oy Art Film Producing Company