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IAAS Film Screening: Tulpan (Kazakhstan), Sunday, April 19

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IAAS Film Screening: Tulpan (Kazakhstan), Sunday, April 19

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The Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
in conjunction with the Harvard Film Archive
invites you to a Film Screening


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Sunday April 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Tulpan is the feature film debut of Sergey Dvortsevoy, who has earned
an international reputation over the past decade for his lyrical and
heartfelt documentaries focused primarily on life in his native
Kazakhstan. Exuding the same love of landscape and interest in the
details and habits of daily life as the documentaries, Tulpan tells
the story of a young Kazakh man returning to the Hunger Steppe after
his military service with the goal of becoming a shepherd. Hoping to
marry into a family with a herd, the awkward young man must first win
over the object of his affection -the Tulpan of the film's title­who
refuses his advances. Dvortsevoy's attention to the cadence of life on
the steppe and the appeal of his actors - most of whom had not lived
on the steppe before being cast in the film - give a rare energy to
this remarkable film, which evinces both a rigorous intelligence and
the big-hearted appeal of Chaplin. Yet behind Tulpan's winning charm
looms the larger question of whether the traditional nomadic existence
remains a viable option for younger Kazakhs, and what will become of
the region itself. 100 minutes. In Kazakh with English subtitles.

$8 regular admission; free to Harvard students with I.D.; $6 admission
for non-Harvard students, Harvard faculty and staff, and senior citizens
Questions? or 617-495-3777

Upcoming IAAS Spring Events
April 30 - The Third Richard N. Frye Lecture
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
"Illustrated Narrative between Central Asia and China," 4:30 p.m.

May 6 - Johan Elverskog, SMU
"Portraits of Muhammad from Ghazan Khan to Kurt Westergaard," 1:00 p.m.

May 27 - Alexandre Papas, CNRS, Paris
"Vagrancy and Poverty in Eastern Turkestan (17th-19th centuries)," 1:00 p.m.

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