Yefim ARON
Grigori ROSHAL
Григорий РОШАЛЬ
Grigori ROCHAL
USSR, 1945, 80mn 
Black and white, fiction
Pesni Abaya
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Песни Абая


 Songs of Abay

 Les Chants d’Abaï

Directed by : Yefim ARON (Ефим АРОН), Grigori ROSHAL (Григорий РОШАЛЬ)
Writing credits : Mukhtar AUEZOV (Мухтар АУЭЗОВ)
Shaken AIMANOV (Шакен АЙМАНОВ) ...Sharip
Seraly KOZHAKUMOV (Сералы КОЖАМКУЛОВ) ...Sharip
Oleg ZHAKOV (Олег ЖАКОВ) ...Sharip
Cinematography : Galina PYSHKOVA (Галина ПЫШКОВА)
Production design : Kulakhmet KHODZHIKOV (Кулахмет ХОДЖИКОВ)
Other persons :
Music : Latif KHAMIDI
Companies : Studio de cinéma de fiction et de documentaire de Alma Ata
Release Date in Russia : 20/01/1946
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
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.
Sourece : Festival de Vesoul 2012

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Festival du film kazakh, Paris (France), 2020
- Vesoul International Asiatic Film Festival, Vesoul (France), 2012