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Indonesian Premiere

120 minutes | 2023 | Kazakhstan | Narrative | 🔊 Kazakh| English Sub. | 21+


During the colonization and artificial famine of the 1930s in Kazakh ASSR, a gravedigger, Isatai, picks up the bodies on his cart and takes them to the mass grave – a huge, gaping hole in the ground. Every day he brings new bodies of women, children and men. The head of the village hopes to get some provision from Sarkand and sends Isatai to deliver a message. Trying to protect his younger brother, Isatai takes him on the road. The endless steppe turns into a circular nightmare, where two forces – space and hunger – start to control Isatai’s mind. This is both, a physical journey and a mental adventure, where Isatai suffers from hallucinations, meets folklore characters and faces a difficult choice, which might determine the destiny of the entire village.


SUN, 26 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 3 | 20:45

TUE, 28 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 4 | 12:15

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Aisultan Seit

Aisultan Seit

Aisultan was born on January 31, 1997 in Almaty. Since school he was interested in filmmaking and made short films with his classmates.After school Aisultan entered the New York Film Academy and studied filmmaking. There he made a short film “THE JACKAL”, which was presented at the New York Film Festival in 2016 and won the Best Director award. Before making films, Aisultan directed the presentation of Kanye West's album "Donda” and made music videos for Travis Scott, Noize MC, Ivan Dorn, 21 Savage and others. In 2022, he directed his debut feature film QASH, about the Famine genocide of the Kazakh people in 1930s.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company QARA pictures

Producer Yerkebulan Kurishbayev

Main Cast Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Sultan Nurmukha

Screenplay Ablai Nurmanbetov

Cinematographer Azamat Dulatov

Editor Yuriy Karikh

Notable Achievement

Best Director | Shanghai Film Festival, 2023


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