Sayakbay. Homer of the 20th Century (HD / color / 135min / Kyrgyzstan)
Studio Ernest Abdyjaparov, Sayakbay International Fund
Ernest Abdyjaparov, born in 1961 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is a film director, producer, screenplay writer and composer. He graduated from high school in Min-Kush, Naryn, in 1978, and soon pursued a degree in Russian Language and Literature at Bishkek Humanities University. After graduating, he taught Russian Language and Literature. His childhood and years spent as a teacher in rural areas later influenced his work as a film director and screenplay writer.
He started his career as a screenplay writer while working as an editor of Korogoch Film Magazine, and debuted as a film director in 1993, with short film I Bow before the Spirit of Almanbet (1993). Two years later he won 9 awards at international film festivals, followed by the Grand Prix of the Gold Dionysus in Greece for his short fiction film Taranci (The Sparrow) (1995).
He became known internationally for his full-length fiction films Saratan (Kyrgyz Summer) (2005) and Boz Salkyn (Pure Coolness) (2007). Currently, Ernest Abdyjaparov works as an administrative manager of his studio, and as an editor, producer and screenplay writer. Additionally, he writes songs and composes music for his own films.
Ibraev Samatbek was born on February 25, 1965. He is a president of the 'Sayakbay Manaschi' International Public Fund. Samatbek Ibraev actively supports cultural events in Kyrgyzstan. He has produced feature length films such as The Legend’s and Urkun. Currently, he is working on a film about the great narrator Sayakbay Karalaev.
Ernest Abdyjaparov’s Studio was established in 1993, as creative youth fund ‘Umai’. Since 2002, the production company has functioned as individual enterprise ‘SEA’, the studio of Ernest Abdyjaparov, which offers master classes conducted by Ernest Abdyjaparov (MCEA). Over the seven years since MCEA were established, graduates have directed over 190 two-minute film studies, 96 shorts, and 36 feature films. The founder of the studio is film director, Ernest Abdyjaparov, who has directed more than 25 short films and 10 feature films, accounting for more than 40 international prizes and awards.
1957 - A student of the Moscow Literature Institute, in the future one of the great writers of our time, 30-year-old Chingiz Aitmatov comes to the village of the famous storyteller of the epos Manas, Sayakbay Karalayev, to receive his blessing. In conversation with the carrier of the epos, unsurpassed in volume, whom the Kazakh writer Mukhtar Auezov named as the Homer of the 20th Century, we gain insight not only into the life of Sayakbay Karalayev, but also into episodes of the epos, and Manas, the hero of the Kyrgyz people. It appears that events in the epos predict the events of the first half of the 20th century. Sayakbay Karalayev becomes a participant in the revolt of the Kyrgyz people against imperial Russia in 1916, when the local population opposed a levy to bolster the army on the German front. Having appeared among the refugees, he lifted the spirits of the people by reciting the legend of the exile of the Kyrgyz people by the Chinese and of the birth of Manas, who returned the Kyrgyz people to their homeland. Later, his narrations of the epos would inspire the Panfilov division, formed of Kyrgyz and Kazakh reservists; a handful of soldiers, stationed on the Volokolamsk highway near Moscow who stopped two tank divisions of fascists in November, 1941. Also, we become witness to the special gift of the storyteller, who recites the epos, half a million lines and impossible to remember, in the condition of a trance; images of former times rushing across his face, so vivid as to be almost as if one were at the cinema, yet described only by means of his poetic gift. And finally, we truly understand how significantly the epos Manas has touched the Kyrgyz people, in that it helped give birth to the phenomenon that is the writer, Chingiz Aitmatov.