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A FATHER’S WILL (ATANYM KEREEZI) by first-time feature directors Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu has been selected by Kyrgyzstan to represent the country in the best foreign language film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film starring Bakyt Mukul, Iman Mukul, Marat Alyshpaev, Taalai Kasymaliev, Amantur Abdysalam Uulu, and Tynara Abdyrazaeva recently won the Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature film at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival.

A Father’s Will is about a young man who once turned his back on his homeland and now comes back.  In the film, Kyrgyz Azat ( Iman Mukul ) is living in the US for 15 years. After his father, who then emigrated with him, dies, Azat must go back to his home village in Kyrgyzstan. The last will of his father was that Azat pays all of its outstanding debt with the villagers. Once there, he finds the old family house is completely dilapidated and Azat’s uncle Choro ( Bakyt Mukul ) has also left the village.  Choro then reappears unexpectedly to talk with Azat, and answers the last important question about the legacy of Azat’s father.

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