Sayakbay – Homer of 20th Century

ASIAN PERSPECTIVE

Director: Ernest Abdyjaparov

Duration: 82 minutes

Production: 2017

Country: Kyrgyztan

Category: Fiction

SCREENING


WED, 28 NOV 2018 / CINEMAXX CINEMA A / 10:00

SYNOPSIS


The story begins with the world famous writer Chingiz Aitmatov, a student of the Literary Institute in Moscow who goes to visit the ‘manaschi’ narrator Sayakbay to gain a better understanding of the epic of Manas. During the two days spent with Sayakbay, the narrator talks about his life, about becoming a ‘manaschi’ storyteller not as a personal choice but a calling at the behest of the spirit of Manas. Through the accounts of Sayakbay, the viewers become witnesses of the participation of Sayakbay Karalaev in the Kyrgyz uprising against the Russian autocracy in 1916 during the First World War. In contrary to the narrative of the Kyrgyz uprising, Sayakbay also talks of taking part in the defense of Moscow among the Panfilov division of Kyrgyz and Kazakh soldiers during the Second World War. The atheistically inclined student and future literary figure begins to understand the spiritual culture and the roots of their people. At the end of the film the writer begins to see spirits of the characters of the epic of Manas with his own eyes. Sayakbay Karalaev gives his blessing to Chyngyz Aitmatov and the patron of the great storyteller will accompany the young writer on his way to worldwide fame. 

Cerita bermula saat seorang penulis terkenal Chingiz Aitmatov, mahasiswa Literary Institute di Moskow pergi mengunjungi narator ‘manaschi’ Sayakbay untuk memperoleh pemahaman yang lebih baik tentang epos Manas. Dua hari bersama Sayakbay, sang narator bercerita tentang hidupnya, tentangnya yang menjadi pendongeng ‘manaschi’ bukan sebagai pilihan pribadi tetapi atas perintah arwah Manas. Melalui kesaksian Sayakbay, penonton turut menjadi saksi dari partisipasi Sayakbay Karalaev di pemberontakan Kyrgyz melawan otokrasi Rusia pada tahun 1961 saat Perang Dunia I. Berlawanan dengan naratif pemberontakan Kyrgyz, Sayakbay juga bercerita tentang perannya dalam pertahanan Moskow di antara divisi Panfilov prajurit Kyrgyz dan Kazakh selama Perang Dunia II. Mahasiswa yang kerap dikaitkan dengan ateisme dan yang akan menjadi figur sastra di masa depan ini mulai melihat jiwa-jiwa dari karakter epos Manas dengan mata kepalanya sendiri. Sayakbay Karalaev merestui Chyngyz Aitmatov dan seorang pelindung dari pendongeng hebat yang akan menemani perjalanan penulis muda itu menuju ketenaran yang mendunia.

TRAILER


DIRECTOR


Ernest Abdyjaparov

Ernest Abdujaparov is a film director, producer, screenplay writer and composer from Bishkek, Kyrgystan.  Ernest Abdyjaparov was born in 1961 in Bishkek, Kyrgystan. He graduated from high school of Min-Kush in Naryn in 1978 and soon pursued his degree in Russian Language and Literature at Bishkek Humanities University. After graduating he worked teaching Russian Language and Literature. His childhood and years spent as a teacher at rural areas later influenced his work as a film director and screen play writer.

He started his career as a screenplay writer while working as an editor of “Korogoch” Film Magazine. He debuted as a film director in 1993, with a short film I bow before the spirit of Almanbet. Two years later he became the winner of 9 awards at International Film Festival, followed by the Grand Prize of Gold Dionysus in Greece for his short fiction film Taranchy (The Sparrow).

He became known internationally for his full fiction films Saratan (Kyrgyz Summer) and Boz Salkyn (Pure Coolness). Currently, Ernest Abdyjaparov works as an administrative manager of his studio, editor, producer and screenplay writer. Additionally he writes songs and composes music for his own films.

Ernest Abdujaparov adalah seorang sutradara, produser, penulis skenario, dan komposer dari Bishkek, Kyrgystan. Ernest Abdyjaparov lahir di Bishkek, Kyrgystan pada tahun 1961. Ia lulus dari SMA Min-kush di Naryn pada tahun 1978 dan segera melanjutkan pendidikannya di Bahasa dan Sastra Rusia di Bishkek Humanities University. Setelah lulus, ia mengajar Bahasa dan Sastra Rusia. Masa kecil dan tahun-tahun yang ia habiskan menjadi guru di daerah pedesaan nantinya akan menjadi pengaruh besar dalam karya-karyanya sebagai sutradara film dan penulis skenario.

Ia memulai karirnya sebagai penulis skenario saat bekerja sebagai penyunting di majalah film Korogoch. Debutnya sebagai sutradara film dimulai pada tahun 1993, dengan film pendek I Bow Before the Spirit of Almanbet. Dua tahun kemudian, ia menjadi peraih sembilan penghargaan di Festival Film Internasional, diikuti dengan Grand Pri dari Gold Dionysus di Yunani untuk film pendeknya Taranchy (The Sparrow).

Ia terkenal di dunia internasional berkat film panjang fiksinya Saratan (Kyrdyz Summer) dan Boz Salkyn (Pure Coolness). Sekarang Ernest Abdyjaparov bekerja sebagai manajer administrasi di studionya, penyunting, produser, dan penulis skenario. Ia juga menulis dan mengkomposisi musik untuk film-filmnya sendiri.

Contact: 

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