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The historic drama Amanat directed by Satybaldy Narymbetov has been submitted by Kazakhstan to compete for the Best Foreign Language film prize in the 2017 Academy Awards.

The film, starring Berik Aitzhanov, Karlygash Mikhamedzhanova, Sanzhar Madiev, Aziz Beishenaliev, uncovers some layers of Kazakh history. Clashes of time, the peak of glory and fall from a triumphal feat into oblivion – such are the destinies of the film’s heroes. The forgotten names of the true sons of the Kazakh people sound again, designating the true parameters of the spiritual power of the people.

A story that spans three periods in Kazakh history, it links mid 19th century struggles against the Russians to two 20th century episodes revolving around the fate of former political prisoner Ermukhan Bekmakhanov, who was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for writing historical books about Kazakh national hero Kenesary Kasymov and his national liberation movement.

Non-English language trailer

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