Seker (Sugar) by Sabit Kurmanbekov (Kazakhstan, 2009, 72 min.). Country bumpkin Kurmash will do anything to have a child, and follows the tongue-in-cheek advice of the village healer religiously. When his first born is a girl, the healer tells him to raise her as a boy, so he teaches her to ride, to help him with the farm, and to fight for herself and others. But as she nears adolescence, her teacher tells Seker and her father that she must return to school in the fall dressed as a girl. Suddenly they have to come to terms with an aspect of Seker that she they have both ignored completely. Inspired by the experiences of his own mother, director Sabit Kurmanbekov presents a subtle coming-of-age comedy with stunning cinematography of the 'Kazakh Alps'. Directing a cast of mainly non-professionals from an actuall village (his lead was discovered in the local orphanage), and inspired by the art of Andrew Wyeth, Kurmanbekov crafts a beautifully simple and deeply felt film.

Flowers of the Steppe: A Festival of Kazakh Cinema


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Alfond Auditorium, G36
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