FLOWERS OF THE STEPPE: FESTIVAL OF KAZAKH CINEMA November 14-20, 2012, Washington, DC & Boston


Flowers of the Steppe is a festival of recent films from Kazakhstan, taking place in Washington, DC and Boston November 14th-20th. The festival highlights some of the country's new film-making voices and offers different visions of modern Kazakhstan and the traditions of its historic past. Several screenings are followed by Q&A/ discussions with the noted Kazakh film director Ermek Shinarbaev and other figures from the Kazakh and US film industries. For the full program, film synopses and other details, please visit: www.ballets-russes.com/kazfest.html .

The festival is organized by Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership (BRCP), and co-presented with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Freer Gallery of Art, Goethe Institut, and Kennan Institute in Washington. With additional support from the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Washington, and KazakhFilm Studios in Almaty.

Screenings in Washington DC

Festival Preview: The Gift to Stalin (Podarok Stalinu) Nov. 9, 8 PM Free, RSVP requested. Goethe Institut, Washington DC
Part of an entire evening program, 'Commemorating Lessons of History, 1989 / 1938'

Kelin Nov. 17, 7 PM, Admission $7/$4. Goethe Institut, Washington DC
Discussion with Steven-Charles Jaffe, Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, and Ermek Shinarbaev, noted Kazakh film director, follows the screening.

Letters to An Angel (Pisma k Angelu) Nov. 18, 2 PM. Free, first-come basis.Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Q&A with director, Ermek Shinarbaev, and sound engineer, Gulsara Mukataeva, immediately following the screening. Event concludes with light reception, including traditional Kazakh cuisine.

Akkyz (The White Girl) Nov. 20, 4 PM. Free. Kennan Institute, Washington DC
Followed by panel discussion with Ermek Shinarbaev, a noted Kazakh film director, Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Kazakhstan, and Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership

Screenings in Boston

Opening Night: Letters to An Angel (Pisma k Angelu) Nov. 14, 7:45 PM. Admission $11/$9. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Alfond Auditorium
Discussion with director of Letters, Ermek Shinarbaev, and American independent film producer Michael Fitzgerald follows the screening.

Kelin Nov. 16, 7 pm. Admission $11/$9 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Alfond Auditorium
Discussion with noted Kazakh film director Ermek Shinarbaev follows the screening.

The Dash (Ryvok) 11 am. Admission $8/$7 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Alfond Auditorium

Letters to An Angel (Pisma k Angelu) 1 pm. Admission $11/$9 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Alfond Auditorium

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