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Cinema Department: new competition for the film about Kojomkul

Kojomkul was born in the Suusamyr valley in 1889 and died in 1955 at the age of 66. As an adult he stood 2.3m tall (7 feet 5 inches) and weighed 164kg (nearly 26 stone). Encouraged by his superhuman size and strength, he participated in many competitive bouts of strength in his youth. On one occasion, he took part in a wrestling competition in the Toktogul area where he beat many better-known wrestlers and won the prize of 50 sheep and several mares, which he is said to have distributed to the poor of his village. By the late 1920s there was no-one to rival him in Kyrgyzstan, and in the region as a whole the only challenge came from the Kazakh wrestler Cholok Balaban who he eventually fought and beat in the 23rd minute of an inter-republic wrestling contest.

Kyrgyz Cinema

Aktan Arym Kubat
Type of the film: 
feature full-length film, HD
Director of photographer: 
Khasan Kydyraliev
Production designer
Adis Seitaliev
Costume designer: 
Inara Abdieva
Aktan Arym Kubat & Ernest Abdyjaparov
Sound: Gerben Kokmejer, Lyubov Matyunina
Make-up artist: Cholpon Saitova
Cedomir Kolar, Thanassis Karathanos, Denis Vaslin, Gulmira Kerimova, Altynai Koichumanova
Line producer: 
Chinara Kamchibekova
Actors (main roles): 

Centaur– Aktan Arym Kubat

Karabai– Bolot Tentimyshov

Maripa– Zarema Asanalieva

Sadyr – Ilim Kalmuratov

Sharapat– Taalaikan Abazova

Kushtar – Nurali Tursunkojoev

Teit– Maksat Mamyrkanov

 1.000.00 euro
Production period: 
from August 13, 2015
2017. 31 March

Although the film’s hero is quiet, small and modest, his name is Centaur. He considers the Kyrgyz people as descendants of the centaurs of ancient Greek mythology and believes that the Heavens have punished his once omnipotent people for breaking the rule of their destiny and abusing it in their dealings with other peoples. Therefore a genuine racer has to be found and ridden through the steppe at night, with a prayer of forgiveness for the ancestors’ acts, so that Kambar-Ata himself will appear and lift the curse. And then his people will once again become omnipotent and noble.

            For this reason he steals the most precious racing horses in the district, each time accomplishing a ritual. The rich men from whom he steals suspect a well-known horse-thief, Sadyrbek, who is almost sent to prison. Humiliated, Sadyrbek conspires with the victims of theft and catches the real thief.

            One of these robbed men, Karabai, recognizes in the thief Centaur his relative, whom he had married out of pity to the young deaf-mute Maripa (in fact he was then already around 50 years old), who gave birth to a son, Kushtar. Karabai gives him a chance to redeem himself and takes him along to Mecca to make a pilgrimage to the holy place. But in Mecca Centaur does not restrain himself and abducts the horse of a well-known Arabian sheikh; the newspapers report that the sheikh’s racer has turned into Burak, Mohammed’s sacred horse. Only Karabai knows what has actually happened. Upon his return Karabai surrenders Centaur to the court of the Elders (aksakal) and they ask Centaur to leave. By then his wife has taken his son Kushtar and left for an unknown destination: she had, after all, seen with her own eyes how Centaur left the house of the lovely widow Sharapat.

            Centaur withdraws to the mountains and finds a grazing herd of horses. He mounts one of the horses and rides to the mountain ridge. There Centaur either flies up to Heaven after having been heard by his protector Kambar-Ata, or simply falls into the abyss, but soars up in the air during his prayer.

            In the courtyard of their house Maripa plays with her son Kushtar. They have already come back. Suddenly Kushtar, who is mute (like his mother), tells the father’s legend. Kushtar can speak.




A.S.A.P. Films (France)

Pallas Film (Germany)

Volya Films (Netherland)

«Kyrgyzfilm» (Kyrgyzstan)

Oy Art (Kyrgyzstan)