Part of the Central Asian Film Series. All films shown with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. Introduction and Commentary by Alma Kunanbaeva, Stanford Anthropology Department.
Kyrgyz. 1998. Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov.
Shot in black and white and occasionally interspersed with color sequences, this film depicts the coming of age of an adopted boy in a rural village in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. It opens with his adoption ceremony presided over by 5 old women (Beshkempir literally means "five grandmothers") and continues through his adolescence and adulthood. This movie was the recepient of numerous international awards.