Songs of Abay

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Les chants d'Abai

The Songs of Abay

(Pesni Abaya)

by Grigori Rochal, Efim Aron



Les chants d'Abai

Director: Grigori Rochal, Efim Aron

Script: Moukhtar Aouezov

Cineamtographer: G. Pychkova

Artistic Director: K. Khodzhikov

Cast: Kalibek Kuanichpaiev, Amina Umurzakova, Elubai Umurzakov, Chaken Aïmanov

Production: Kazakh national feature film studio

Year: 1945

35 mm, B & W, 80 min, 
OV Russian
French Electronic Subtitles

French Premiere

With kind support of Kazakhfilm

Famous Kazak poet Abai becomes friend with Russian exiled scientist Nifont Dolgopolov. Under the influence of this friendship Abai develops civilizing ideals. When his best student Aidar is accused of having infringed the ancestral laws out of love, Abai decides to stand up for him.

The film is adapted from the novel Abai by famous Kazakh writer Moukhtar Aouezov who also wrote the scenario of the film. The film recalls episodes of the life of the great poet Abai Kounanbai (1845- 1904). It is the very first film of Kazakh national cinema shot in the Kazakh national studio for feature and documentary films. The film shot during the war stands out from most of productions of that time as it is not one of the umpteenth military patriotic films extolling war effort.

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