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Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains
Running Time: 131 minutes
Language: Kyrgyz & Russian with English subtitles
Venue: Tiburon Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Cast: Elina Abai Kyzy, Nazira Mambetova, Aziz Muradilaev, Mirlan Abdullaev, Adyl Bolorbek uulu, Adilet Usubaliev, Ulan Omuraliev
Showtime: Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 05:30 PM
Director: Sadyk Sher Niyaz
Description: Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is a historical epic from Kyrgyzstan, set in the 19th century, which tells the true story of Kurmanjan Datka, a strong willed woman who becomes the ruler of her country and saves the nation from total destruction.
During the early 19th century it is predicted that Kurmanjan, a young girl from Central Asia, will have a great destiny and that she will become the ruler of her country and save the nation from total destruction. This prediction was mocked, as women at that time had no rights.
As a young woman, Kurmanjan is forced into an arranged marriage with a man she does not love. However, on the first night she runs away back home, breaking with tradition and bringing shame on herself and her family. The feud between the two families is resolved by Alymbek Datka (ruler of the Alai highland country) who frees Kurmanjan from the imposed marriage and later takes her as his wife. But several years later he is murdered, leaving Kurmanjan widowed with a young family.
As time progresses, the Russian Empire invades Central Asia and begins its colonial policy but, after long battles and numerous losses, eventually signs a peace agreement with Kurmanjan Datka. However, the new Russian military governor dislikes Kurmanjan and decides to destroy her people. Kurmanjan, realizing the power of the Russian Empire’s army, does not want to come into conflict with him. However, the governor orders the arrest of one of Kurmanjan’s sons, ostensibly for the murder of Russian soldiers, and sentences him to death by public hanging. Kurmanjan is faced with the dilemma of choosing between the life of her son or the fate of the entire nation.
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