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FILM- Sardar, Kazakh Epic, Davis Center Student Film Series, April 18, with Guest Speaker Professor Jane Knox-Voina

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FILM- Sardar, Kazakh Epic, Davis Center Student Film Series, April 18

Posted by: Hillary Colter <hcolter@fas.harvard.edu>

The Davis Center Student Film Series Continues with the Kazakh epic Sardar

Wednesday, April 18, 5 pm

CGIS North, Room N-031 (concourse level)

CGIS North is located at 1737 Cambridge Street, just one short block
east of Memorial Hall. Snacks will be provided

Sardar (Kazakhstan) with guest speaker Professor Jane Knox-Voina.
2005. 95 mintutes. Directed by Bolat Kalymbetov. In Kazakh with
English subtitles.

Synopsis: An epic historical spectacle set amongst landscapes as
beautiful and awe-inspiring as those of any western, Sardar is based
on Kazakhstan history and folktales. Inspired by tales of the brave
deeds of "sardars," heroes of 18th century Kazakh history, three young
men decide to emulate these warriors of yore, immediately entering the
world of fantasy and legend, where they play out the role of defenders
of freedom-loving Kazakh nomads, and become involved in attempting to
free a kidnapped Kazakh princess with whom they fall in love. These
events unfold on a rich canvas of natural beauty--one can almost sense
the smells of earth, forest, steppe and mountain.

Jane Knox-Voina is Professor of Russian at Bowdoin College. She is
interested in visual arts, focusing on Russian painting and film as
expressions of mentality. She has published extensively in the areas
of Russian film and literature, and is a leading authority on Central
Asian cinema.

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring a
spring semester film series for students and affiliates with an
interest in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. This semester we
are focusing on Central Asia and Russia. The series is free of
charge, and showcases lesser-known films from the region (in the
original languages with English subtitles).

The film series webpage, with complete schedule, is located at:

Feel free to contact Hillary Colter (hcolter@fas, 5-4038), Susan Sypko
(sypko@fas, 6-2643), or George Soroka (soroka@fas) with any questions

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