The Week of Kazakh Cinema opened in London
The gala opening of the Week of Kazakh Cinema was held in one of London’s most well-known theaters, «Vue West End» on Lester Square. The event opened with the acreening of “Oralman” (‘Returnee”) film directed by Sabit Kurmanbekov. The film tells the story of a Kazakh family returning to their original Motherland from Afghanistan. “Oralman” was introduced to the public by an acclaimed scriptwriter, Honored artist of Kazakhstan Nurlan Sanzhar.
While welcoming guests at the gala opening, Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Great Britain Yerlan Idrissov mentioned that the Week’s lineup is gonna show the audience the diversity and whole variety of Kazakh cinema. The films are gonna give viewers the opportunity to fully plunge into Kazakh history, culture and traditions.
- The film was accepted very warmheartedly. I was deeply touched to see the viewers crying. There, in Great Britain, far from home, our film made its impact. Congratulations to the team, - said Nurlan Sanzhar.
After the screening there was a discussion with Mr.Sanzhar and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Lincoln Mr.Rico Isaacs who authored the book “Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia” where he used cinema as a tool for analyzing the national identity of Kazakh people.
The Week of Kazakh Cinema was helmed by the Embassy of Kazakhstan with participation of Ministry of culture and sports of RoK and “Kazakhfilm” studio as part of “Rukhani Zhangyru” (“Spiritual Renaissance”) and “The seven sides of Great Steppe” governmental programs.