Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville – Tengri (2008)

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Plot Synopsis
Proving that romance can blossom even in the direst and most seemingly disadvantageous of circumstance, a pure-hearted Kazakh settler and a Kyrgyz woman find each other’s hearts, their love rising like a phoenix out of the ruins of the Afghani wars, during the aftermath of the Iron Curtain’s fall and in a region of the world that has been racked by tumult. Each of their personal histories, taken apart, seem dead-end and hopeless; Temür is a thirty-year-old fisherman whose lack-of-success on the Aral Sea has prompted him to give up on his chosen career , especially given the fact that the Aral has all but dried up and is now unpopulated by fish. Amira, who hails from Kyrgyzstan, foresees a future that is equally bleak, given the fact that her husband recently left home and went off to fight the mujhadeen. In each other, the lovers perceive an opportunity for escape and redemption. Continue reading Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville – Tengri (2008)

Ernest Abdyjaparov – Boz salkyn Aka Pure Coolness (2007)


Melodrama with fairytale elements about an urban beauty in Kyrgyzia who is kidnapped during a visit to the countryside and then has to marry a shepherd according to local tradition.

For decades it was common in Kyrgyzstan for single women to be kidnapped so they could become brides for local bachelors, and a couple discovers this still takes place in this comedy-drama. Asema (Asem Toktobekova) was born and raised in the big city, so she experiences a bit of culture shock when her fiancée Murat (Siezdbek Iskenaliev) takes her to the small village in the country where he was born to meet his parents. Asema learns that folks still kidnap would-be brides when she hears about a plot to abduct neighborhood bookworm Anara (Zarema Asanalieva) and wed her to Sagyn (Tynchtyk Abylkasymov), who raises sheep and never talks. Outraged, Asema tries to stop the kidnapping, but while she’s busy with that Murat succumbs to the allure of his former girlfriend Burma (Elnura Osmonalieva), and some locals decide that Asema might make some lonely guy a fine mate. Continue reading Ernest Abdyjaparov – Boz salkyn Aka Pure Coolness (2007)