Saturday, July 21, 2007

Free Kazakh film Friday, July 27

The Maine Humanities Council and
Kazakh Film Scholar Jane Knox-Voina Present

"KEK" (Revenge)
(2006) (84 min)

Directed by Damir Manabay

Presented by Professor Jane Knox-Voina

7:00 p.m. Friday July 27 at Curtis Memorial Library

In this historical action epic, director Damir Manabaev combines a Romeo and Juliet-like love story with the more specifically Kazakh or Central Asian story of the “mankurt.” According to this legend or tradition, enemy tribes invade and take young prisoners captive, their memories painfully wiped out to better make them mindless slaves. But perhaps the scent of a loved one or the sound of a melody from childhood is so deep that it might stir up that precious memory. "KEK," spectacularly set in the rugged, mountainous landscape of Kazakhstan, is a powerful drama that may also be a metaphor for the collective amnesia of a people who have lost connection and continuity with their ancient past.

For more information about the screenings or the director, Damir
Manabay, please contact Jane Knox-Voina, Russian Department, Bowdoin College, 207-725-3355 or 207-779-4763,

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