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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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Kazakhstan's Harmony Lessons and Shal awarded at Fajr Film Festival

TengriNews , Feb 9, 2014 

Kazakhstan’s two leading films “Shal” and “Harmony Lessons took top prizes at the Fajr Film Festival. Harmony Lessons took home top prize yet again amongst its other awards. Shal took home a technical award and was Kazakhstan’s nomination for Best Foreign Film for the Academy Awards.

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Top Kazakh Writer and Diplomat Champions Nuclear Nonproliferation and Cultural Cooperation during US Visit

News Central Asia , Jan 6, 2014 

In an early November visit to the United States, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan offered American audiences a rare glimpse into his vast literary contributions and the large literary tradition of his homeland. His impressive body of work spans half a century and is revered as one of the richest and most enduring representations of Eurasian cultural traditions. Suleimenov is more than an accomplished writer, however. He also serves as his country’s envoy to UNESCO, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture.

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Kazakhstan Artist Wins Literary Festival in UK

Tengrinews , Jan 9, 2014 

Asol Bilyalova from Kazakhstan has won in the Artistic Illustration category at the Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2013 that was held both in London and Cambridge, Tengrinews reports.

Bilyalova made illustrations for Olga Markova’s Zolotaya Kolybel (Golden Cradle), a collection of old Turkic myths and legends. Irina Gogol from Kyrgyzstan won the second place and Hashim Kurban from Kazakhstan won the third place in the category.

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