Almaty Film Festival is a newer film festival organized by the Almaty government for the promotion and development of Kazakh cinema. With a grand prize of 3.000.000 tenge, and three state of the art venues, the festival is able to promote fantastic programs each year.
IMDb recently rated 64 Kazakh-language feature films. The following are the top 5 rated movies. To see a full list of titles (including pictures, movie posters, video clips, actors, directors, and film descriptions), please follow this link: Kazakh-Language Feature Films
"An historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes."
"A universal story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery and despotism, about love, loss and betrayal. It is seen through the eyes of simple Kazakh kids and teenagers."
"On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too many lambs are stillborn. Against this backdrop, Asa, a dreamer who's slight of build and recently finished with a stint in the Russian Navy, tries to establish a life on the steppes. He, his friend Boni, and Ondas call on Tulpan, the only single girl in the area. The men talk to her parents while she listens out of sight. Her answer and Asa's later trips to talk to her form an arc of hope against the harsh land. Is this the place of Asa's dreams? What about the other lambs?"
"Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat."
"This is a survival story - a Hemingway's 'Old Man and the Sea' as if written for our days."