An old man decides to look for his dead son and bring his corpse back to bury him in the land of his ancestors; his son, a Kazak soldier, was killed in action somewhere in Russia. Along with his grand-son, they go across the country and discover the harsh reality of the war.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
This seminar will explore state-sponsored secularism in the Eurasian continent, and how the authorities use the concept of the separation of state and religion to consolidate authoritarian policies. It looks at Russia, Central Asia and China, comparing them with the Middle-East. In the name of state secularism, Islamic communities are prohibited from interfering in politics, while the state strictly monitors religious activities, and interactions with the rest of the Ummah are looked upon with suspicion.
Alexsey Malashenko (Carnegie Moscow)
Sean Roberts (GWU)
Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)
5:15pm Discussion[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/religion” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
and Noah Tucker, Registan.net
Aksuat is the name of a village in Kazakhstan, where Kanat takes his pregnant wife Zhanna to visit his brother, Aman. Just after the baby is born, Kanat is thrown into jail after a fight with a policeman, so Aman has to take care of Zhanna and gets the gossip and disapprovals of the village. Aman loses his status, but learns a thing or two about life.
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The documentary, based on a historical opus “Within the Stream of History,” authored by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, is a riveting visual journey through 550 years of history of the Kazakh people.
The epic takes the audiences to the distant times of the unification of Turkic tribes into a Kazakh Khanate in 1465 under the leadership of Khans Zhanibek and Geerey; follows the Great Silk Road, connecting East Asia and the Mediterranean; chronicles the Mongolian conquests of the Kazakh tribes and geopolitical restructuring of the world; and recounts the battle over the inheritance of Genghis Khan.
One of the historical bases of the film is the ancient Book of Kypchaks (“Codex Cumanicus”) archived at the Library of St.Marc in Venice since 1362 – a unique record that affords a privileged glance into history and shatters ingrained stereotypes of barbaric culture of nomads.
The film narrates the history of a new type of centralized state, and new civilization, which gave a colossal impetus to the development of world trade, economy, and culture. Stunning images of authentic Kazakh dress and lifestyle, as well as breathtaking scenery of the Kazakh steppes, mountains, and valleys throughout the four seasons of the year will leave a lasting impression on the imagination of the audience.
Film’s director, Bakhyt Kairbekov, is a renowned filmmaker, author, and poet, with over 100 documentaries and 10 volumes of poems to his credit.
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