In 1916 a new Russian governor comes to the Kazak steppes where
several tribes converge. Among them, Amangueldy Imanov, an idealist
Kazak leader, stands out. Disgusted by the way his comrades are
treated, he tries for solutions to this unbearable situation and finds
them in Lenin’s thoughts. Amangueldy leads the revolt against the
despotic landowners and forms an alliance with the Bolsheviks
against the Kazak clans subjected to the Tsar.
In Soviet Union this film was considered as the beginning of cinematic
art in Kazakhstan. To be more specific, one should say today that it
was the beginning of Kazak drama in cinema. The film was commissioned
by Moscow, produced by central studio Lenfilm and directed
by Leningrad based film-maker Moisei Levin, but it is the first film
based on a Kazak scenario. Baimbet Mailin, one of the scriptwriters,
will be among the victims of the 1937 repression and will be shot.
Source : Festival de Vesoul, 2012