Discontentment reigns in a Kyrgyzian village: money is not flowing as expected, everyone is trying to arrange his own business, if necessary secretly, communism is still finding adherents and the rustler Taschmat is at work, pursued by the village police man Salamat. The villagers belief in better times is weak, as well as their belief in a fair God. Be it Allah or Jehova, they prefer devoting themselves to terrestrial joy. When the rustler Taschmat is caught by the police man, the fabric of the community is put to the test and the village administrator tries to hold his village together. The tragic-comical stories deal with politics and religion, tradition and modernity, pride and honour a parable on the “good old days” and the confidence in the future.

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2005, Panorama

Key festivals and awards
Fribourg International Film Festival 2005
Eurasia International Film Festival 2005
Pusan International Film Festival 2005
Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2005
L’ Étoile d’Or / The Golden Star – Grand Prix – Marrakech International Film Festival 2005

Kyrgyzstan, 2005
Director: Ernest Abdyshaparov
Producers: Kyrgyzfilm Studio (Kyrgyzstan), Coin Film and Viet Filmproduktion (Germany)
German WCF partner: Coin Film
World sales: mdc Int. Berlin (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
Funding amount: 15.000 €

Saratan by Ernest Abdyshaparov (Kyrgyzstan)