Recently, Montebello-born and not-even-remotely-Kazakh-looking actor Jay Hernandez recently appeared in the Kazakh film Nomad alongside Mark Dacasos and Mexican actor Kuno Becker. In a misguided effort to appeal to foreigners and erase any harm done by Borat (or cash in on, perhaps), the Kazakhs spent 40 million dollars to make the most expensive movie in Kazakh history and cast Americans in the lead roles (and dubbed their parts in Kazakh). So far the film has only made $79,123. Maybe you could find it in your heart to buy a copy. It looks alright, no? Aren't you a little curious? Let me tempt you with the mysterious riches of the steppes!
Zhemeney performing "Kara Bura"
"Akjaik" performed by the Kazakh Wilson Phillips
Nomad, the 18th century tale of an Asian boy who grew up to be Mexican (Kuno Becker)
The trailer for Schizo which will appeal to fans of Ken Loach and/or track suits.
Kazakh films can be found in the Asian Cinema section at Amoeba.
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