The Plague at the Karatas Village

Adilkhan Yerzhanov/86 minutes/2016/Kazakhstan/Fiction

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Synopsis

A young akim (mayor) is dispatched from the town to rule the far-away village of Karatas. The official is brimming with ideas about organizing the life in the village. But the local authorities do not welcome the akim. They are hiding a lot and covering something up. Evidently there is some epidemic in the village. The symptoms are similar to those of the bubonic plague. The villagers try to persuade the akim that it is no more than a variety of flu. The official starts the investigation and discovers that for a hundred years the village has fallen victim to the plague epidemic, but the authorities keep overspending the budget for anti-influenza vaccines. That is why it is contrary to their interests to acknowledge the fact of the disease and to fight it. The villagers themselves are getting used to it. Without it, they risk blending with the town, losing their own culture. The plague has become a shield for the traditions and prejudices in the village of Karatas. The akim’s struggle against the plague turns into a struggle against the old ways.

Seorang akim (walikota) muda diutus dari kota untuk mengurus sebuah desa terpencil bernama Karatas. Ia mengupayakan banyak cara untuk mengatur kehidupan desa itu. Akan tetapi, para petinggi desa tidak menerima sang akim. Mereka menyembunyikan sesuatu. Ternyata, desa itu terjangkiti semacam wabah. Gejalanya mirip dengan penyakit pes. Para warga berusaha meyakinkan sang akim bahwa itu hanya sejenis flu. Sang akim mulai menyelidiki dan menemukan bahwa selama ratusan tahun desa itu telah terkena wabah, tetapi petinggi desa malah menghabiskan banyak uang untuk membuat vaksin anti-influenza. Hal ini bertentangan dengan kepentingan mereka untuk mendalami penyakit tersebut dan melawannnya. Para warga desa sudah terbiasa dengan penyakit itu. Tanpa penyakit itu, mereka terancam berbaur dengan penduduk kota dan kehilangan budaya mereka sendiri. Wabah tersebut menjadi tameng bagi tradisi dan kecurigaan warga Desa Karatas. Perjuangan sang akim melawan wabah berubah menjadi perjuangan melawan ajaran tradisional.

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Director

Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Director

Adhilkan Yerzhanov was born in 1982 in Dzhezkazgan, the Kazakh Republic. In 2009, he graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts (class of Damir Manabay). He made some documentaries. His features Realtor (2011), Constructors (2012), The Owners (2014) won many professional awards and prizes at international film festivals. He is the author of the documentary History of Kazakh Cinema (2015) made as part of the “Power of Asian Cinema” project.

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Adilkhan Yerzhanov lahir pada 1982 di Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Tahun 2009, ia lulus dari Kazakh National Academy of Arts (kelas Damir Manabay). Ia pernah membuat beberapa film dokumenter. Film panjangnya yang berjudul Realtor (2011), Constructors (2012), dan The Owners (2014) memenangkan banyak penghargaan dan hadiah pada berbagai festival film internasional. Ia juga membuat film dokumentar berjudul History of Kazakh Cinema (2015) sebagai bagian dari proyek “Power of Asian Cinema”.

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