The Cinema of Soviet Kazakhstan 1925–1991

The Cinema of Soviet Kazakhstan 1925–1991

An Uneasy Legacy

Peter Rollberg


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This monograph traces the history of Kazakh filmmaking from its conception as a Soviet cultural construction project to its peak as fully-fledged national cinema to its eventual re-imagining as an art-house phenomenon. The author’s analysis places leading directors—Shaken Aimanov, Abdulla Karsakbaev, Sultan-Akhmet Khodzhikov, Mazhit Begalin—in their sociopolitical and cultural context.


Peter Rollberg:

Peter Rollberg is professor of Slavic Languages, film studies, and international affairs at George Washington University.