Anthology about Kazakh War Heroes Presented by Nur Otan

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, the Nur Otan Party  presented “The people of Kazakhstan, Heroes of the Soviet Union,” a series of films about the nation’s brave men and women. The broadcast began May 6 on the Astana channel and www.kaharman.kz.

“The purpose of the video anthology is to perpetuate the memory of the heroic exploits of Kazakhstan people in the Great Patriotic War. The ideology of the film lies in the fact that our heroes were not born that way. They also wanted to become doctors and scientists and wanted to create their own families. They were young when they went to the front and became heroes; they showed us an example of love for the motherland,” said Nur Otan first deputy chairman Baurzhan Baibekat the presentation.

Every Kazakh citizen should understand that the most important thing is to appreciate the peace and good agreement and be faithful to one’s country, he added.

“Today, it is very important for us to educate the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and love for the motherland. Such great values as respect, devotion to duty, honour, courage, heroism, patriotism and preservation of our homeland are appreciated not only in wartime, but also in peacetime. The duty of our generation is to honour and respect those who fought for our freedom, for our independence, for our unity,” said Baibek.

The movie is the first Kazakh film to exclusively use the works of domestic composers, noted art historian Raushan Maldybayeva. Extensive research was completed at the State Archives and the National Library to collect the music. 

“All the crew [who worked on the series] could not hold their tears; the theme of war has affected every citizen of Kazakhstan. I thank all the people who have survived to the present day, and those who did not, for the great victory,” said Maldybayeva.

The anthology was created under the “Ardagerlerdі ardaqtaiyq” (Let us respect the veterans) project jointly by the party and the Eurasian Group (ERG), with the participation of the Kazakh Central State Archive of cinema, photos, documents and recordings. The video is composed of 70 short documentaries. 

The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that the heroes’ stories were collected for the first time in one cycle. The series contains interesting data on their war exploits as well as the pre- and post-war lives of the characters.

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