Director:

RUSTEM ABDRASHEV

Synopsis :

Mid 15th century. After the fall of the powerful Golden Horde several independent khanates formed, among them White Horde which was founded on the territory of the present-day Kazakhstan. Historical power within White Horde belonged to the dynasty of Orda Ichen, the eldest son of Jochi and grandson of the great Gengis Khan. But overtime descendant of the Shaybanids’ youngest branch - Abulkhair seized the power. With cruelty and treachery he expanded the boundaries of the khanate. He ruled the nomads sternly and mercilessly.
Year 1460. Several tens of thousands of nomads unite and side with sultans Kerey and Zhanibek, the descendants of Orda Ichen. On the Сonsult of Tribes’ Elders they decided to decamp from Khan Abulkhair. Sultans reach the borders of Moghulistan, where Esen Buqa, the local ruler agrees to accomodate them. The legendary sage Asan Kaigy, who accompanied the nomad encampment, recalls the events preceding the nomad encampment...
Zhanibek and Kerey decide to secede from Abulkhair’s khanate and establish its own ulus. The heads of the clans sided with Kerey and Zhanibek call for quriltai. Understanding the necessity of unification, they elect Kerey as Khan and declare the formation of Kazakh Khannate.

Country of Production: KAZAKHSTAN
Year of Production: 2017
Length:  133 min
Language: KAZAKH, RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Genre: HISTORICAL DRAMA
Cast: KAIRAT KEMALOV, ERKEBULAN DAYIROV, DOSKHAN ZHOLZHAKSYNOV, ISBEK ABILMAZHINOV, AYAN UTEPBERGENOV, MEYIRGAT AMANGELDIN, NIYAZBEK SHAISULTANOV, BEKBOLAT TLEUKHAN, ARMAN KOZHA, SHUGILA SAPARGALI, MADINA ESMANOVA, KARLYGASH MUKHAMEDZHANOVA, INKAR ABDRASH, DINMUKHAMED AKHIMOV
Producer: INKAR ABDRASH
Screenplay by: SMAGUL ELUBAI, TIMUR ZHAKSYLYKOV, RUSTEM ABDRASHOV
Editor: SAPARBEK KOYCHUMANOV, ALEXANDER PLOTNIKOV, ANREY MASLOV
Cinematographer:  
Director’s biography: RUSTEM ABDRASHEV
Filmmaker, scriptwriter and production designer, Kazakhstan.
In 1993 graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography (workshop of L. Shengelaya) with production designer diploma, attended promotion courses of filmmakers in Moscow. In 2002 graduated from The Kazakh Law Academy. During 1987-1994 — production designer at Kazakhfilm Studios, during 1996-1999 worked as producer and director at the TV Channel «Khabar». During 2001-2003 ― general producer of the Interstate Television and Radio Company MIR in Kazakhstan. In 2004 ― a parliamentary candidate from the electoral bloc «AIST» (agroindustrial complex of Kazakhstan). In the same year R. Abdrashev released his first full-length feature «Renaissance Island» dedicated to the poetry of Zharaskan Abdrashev. The film won international acclaim and a lot of awards at IFFs all around the world.