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Kazakh Director Serik Aprymov wins at Central and Eastern Europe film Festival

TengriNews , Apr 19, 2014 

Another film award for a Kazakh director and movie. Serik Aprymov won at the Central and Eastern Europe film Festival in Germany last week for his film Little Brother (Bauyr). A summary on IMDb describes the plot: Small village lost in the mountains. The protagonist is a nine-year-old boy, Yerken, who resembles an ill nestling forced to live without any support. Finally the day comes when his older brother returns home. Yerken is full of joy and happiness.

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Coop Himmelb(l)au Envisions City of the Future for Expo 2017

Design Boom , Apr 16, 2014 

Austrian design firm Coop himmelb(l)au has developed a concept for Astana’s 2017 expo, entitled ‘The City of the Future’.

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Model from Kazakhstan is on the top of the San Francisco runways

KazSocial , Apr 9, 2014 

KazSocial has an exclusive interview with Kazakh model Zhanel Ali, who is living in San Francisco and has made a name for herself on and off the runway. Zhanel tells her story about growing up on a farm in Southern Kazakhstan, and how she wants to help increase opportunities for development in Kazakh rural areas.
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Harmony Lessons to be screened at FilmFest DC

FilmFest DC , Apr 13, 2014 

Award winning Kazakh film “Harmony Lessons” will be screened during FilmFest DC in Washington, DC on April 20th and 26th. The film has taken much praise at the Berlinale Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and many global film festivals. The film is about thirteen-year-old Aslan, who lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard. After he is humiliated and ostracized by them, Aslan begins to withdraw and exhibit obsessive hygiene and other weird behaviors. Burying himself in studies, he prepares his revenge.

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Ancient nomads played a significant role in the early spread of domesticated crops

Counsel & Heal , Apr 1, 2014 

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found 5,000-year-old grains of charred barley, millet and wheat at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan. This proves that nomadic herders played significant role in the early spread of the domesticated crops along the Silk Road.

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Kazakhstan participated in world 'Earth Hour' action

BNews , Mar 30, 2014 

Kazakhstan joined other nations in participating in Earth Hour on March 29th. Millions of people across Kazakhstan participated with most in Astana and Almaty. Famous landmarks in Astana like the Presidential Palace, Bayterek, and Khan Shatyr cut the juice for an hour to show Kazakhstan’s role in climate change. Cities around the world joined in participating in Earth Hour showing the impact of climate change on the world.

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Nauryz 2014 Celebration in Virginia on Monday, March 24

Kazakh Embassy , Mar 19, 2014 

The Kazakh American Association and Kazakh American Alliance are hosting on Monday, March 24, the celebration of Nauryz, a traditional spring festival celebrated by Turkic and Persian peoples. Monday’s celebration will feature a concert by the Children’s Folk Ensemble “Kokіl” performing some special Kazakh musical selections. The celebration will take place at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030. All are welcome to RSVP here.

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Kazakhstan film Nagima by Zhanna Issabayeva wins Grand-Prix at Film Festival in France

Tengrinews , Mar 11, 2014 

Kazakhstan film Nagima took home the top prize at the Grand-Prix at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. Directed by Zhanna Issabayeva, Nagima is a story of two girls who graduate from an orphanage and struggle to survive overcoming many obstacles. The film premiered at the Busan Film Festival and captivated audiences at the 64th Annual Berlinale Film Festival, which is one of the top festivals in the world. The Deauville Film Festival in France is held annually and focuses on Asian cinema.

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President Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated the women of Kazakhstan on International Women's Day

BNews , Mar 8, 2014 

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated the women of Kazakhstan on International Women’s Day in a ceremony at Akorda. Women from different strata and of different professions including music, TV, mountaineering, law enforcement, health, government, as well as house-wife mothers were invited to accept congratulations from their President. International Women’s Day is an international holiday that is celebrated annually on March 8 around the globe. Kazakhstan declares it a national holiday and people get the day off to celebrate.

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Kazakh film Bauyr captures hearts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

TengriNews , Feb 21, 2014 

Kazakhstan Film Bauyr (Little Brother) took home Best Eastern European Film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (SBIFF). The movie celebrates preservation of one’s inner world despite the harsh reality about 9 year old Yerken left alone to survive the realities of life in a mountain village. The SBIFF is one of the top film festivals in the US to promote the global movie industry and has been held since 1985. Bauyr was one of the most critically acclaimed films at the 2013 International Eurasia Film Festival and premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

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