Just in case you didn’t catch it in the theatres, and I seriously doubt you did unless you were in Central Asia last year, I want to recommend to you a movie–Nomad: The Warrior. Find it on Amazon here, or on Blockbuster here.
No, I am not starting a series of posts on movies or other cultural entities I would recommend. But I want you to rent, buy, or watch this movie because it relates something that is very dear to my heart–Kazakh Culture.
You see, my wife is ethnically Kazakh, from Kazakhstan. So, it has given me a closer glimpse into all the things my wife holds dear. But don’t let the title, or the movie cover, fool you. I think they were trying too hard to make it have street appeal to Americans who might come across it. Perhaps they should have given it a subtitle, though in 6pt grayscale font on the back cover, “Take this Borat.”
Yet, this movie did not meet the approval of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev because of its Western actors (though many in the movie are Kazakh) and because it was filmed in English (though you can hear it in Kazakh with English subtitles, which I would definitely recommend). Nonetheless, it clearly and artisticly portrays an event in Kazakh folk history. Not that folk history is bad, but that much of Kazakh history is oral history. And in Kazakh history, the great warrior heros are the focal point. You will find their monuments, masoleums, and statues scattered across Kazakhstan.
Either way, you will understand a lot of Kazakh culture from this movie. And it is rather well-done. So, please watch this movie and let me know what you think.