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Reception of applications for the XVIII Kazan International Muslim Film Festival began in January 1, 2022, and will last till June 1, 2022. KIMFF-2022 will be held in Kazan from September 7 to 11 with the support of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, in partnership with the strategic vision group “Russia – Islamic world”.


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Place: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dates: 07-11.09.2022

Thursday, 08 July 2021 00:00



«Shambala», drama, 93 min., DCP, color, 2020, Kyrgyzstan

Production: National Film-Studio “Kyrgyzfilm” named after T.Okeyev with the participation of the Film-Studio "Aytysh-film"

Based on the motives of Chingiz Aitmatov’s story “The White Ship”

Director and Scriptwriter: Artykpay Suyundukov

Directors of photography: Akjol Bekbolotov and Murat Aliev

Production Designer: Tolgobek Koichumanov

                           Composer: Murzali Jeenbaev

                           Sound: Bakut Niyazaliev, Kalybek Sherniyazov

                           Producers: Aybek Djangaziev, Meder Suyundukov ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ),

                                           Eldiyar Madakim

                           Cast: Artur Amanaliev (Shambala), Nasret Dubashev (granddad Momun),

                                   Talant Apyev (Orozkul), Djamilia Sydykbaeva (Karyz), Taalaikan Abazova (Bekey) 



  Festivals & awards:

●World premiere 23rd Shanghai IFF, 25.07 – 02.08.2020

●Best music: Murzali Jeenbaev and Special Diploma jury for the best performance of the role Shambala gone to Artur Amanaliev at the 29th Kinoshock OFF, Anapa, Russia, 17-23.10.2020

●Best male role: Nasret Dubashev (granddad Momun), 2nd Moscow Premiere IFF, 12-17.11.2020

●Best direction: Artykpay Suyundukov, 26th Kolkata IFF, 8-15.01.2021

●«Nika» award in nomination «The best film of CIS and Baltic countries» of the national film award in Russia presented by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science, Moscow, 25.04.2021


Synopsis. The film Shambala based on the story White Ship written by Chingiz Aitmatov.

On a forest cordon, lost high in the mountains, an old man with an old woman and an old man's daughter with a husband live with a patriarchal way of life. It is a peculiar model of society - four adults and the fifth is the seven year old grandson of an old man, named Shambala. "Sham" by Kyrgyz means "candle", and "bala" means "a boy", "child". That is, literally "boy candle" or "a boy emitting glow". Shambala firmly believes into the ancient fairy tale - the myth about Mother Deer, who saved the last baby of their kinship from its enemies and fed it with her milk. Despite the fact thet over time people have killed Deer, the boy believes and looking forward that someday deer will still return to their edges.


Review here


Trailer here


Artykpay Suyundukov


Artykpay Suyundukov, well-known director, scriptwriter, actor, in 1978 he graduated from the  VGIK, Moscow. He had made three feature films and about 15 documentaries during Soviet period. Since 2000 to present time he teaches film-directing in the Kyrgyz-Turkish University “Manas”.