Manastshi Bolotbek Shamshiyev Film Manas

“Manastchy”: the Kyrgyz soul in all its poetry

CENTRAL ASIAN CINEMA. Manastchy introduces us to the beauty and poetry of one of the maim Kyrgyz storytellers, Sayakbay Karalayev, and the mythical epic of Manas. This short film is one of the first works of Bolotbek Shamshiyev, one of the greatest Kyrgyz directors.

Central Asian Cinema” is a series of collaborative articles written by different members of the Novastan team to share their favourite cinematographic moments about Central Asia. Each article describes a film produced or shot in Central Asia, available online.

The short film Manastchy (1965) is the graduation project of Kyrgyz director Bolotbek Shamshiyev (1941-2019), then a fresh graduate of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. The documentary is about Sayakbay Karalayev, probably the most famous “manastshi” in Kyrgyzstan. Manastshis are the narrators of the Kyrgyz popular oral epic of Manas, the Kyrgyz hero.

The film contains some unique recordings of this quasi-mystical poetry. At a time when Manas has become the fundamental symbol of the Kyrgyz culture, the movie does not lose its actuality. For his work, Bolotbek Shamshiyev received the main prize at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen and subsequently became one of the most important directors of the so-called “golden era” of Kyrgyz cinema.

The film is available on YouTube with English subtitles:

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Translated for English by Shalom Gnassounou

Edited by Anna Wilhelmi

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Multimedia journalist, editor, media researcher. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Studied economics at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty and Media and communications at the University of Applied Science Mittweida. Worked for Esquire Kazakhstan and Youth information service of Kazakhstan, as a freelancer contributed to Manshuq.media and Cabar.Asia. Currently based in Stuttgart, Germany.

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