Documentaries, historical films about Kazakhstan to debut on major TV networks

ASTANA – Documentary films on Kazakhstan’s history and culture will premiere on Discovery, National Geographic and Viasat History TV channels June-July, reported Kazakh Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova at a June 13 press conference in Astana.

Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova.

Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova.

“To date, a series of documentary films was produced for presentation on major television networks with an audience of more than 700 million people,” said Raimkulova.

The list of films include “Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan,” “Golden Warrior,” “Mausoleums of Ahmed Yassawi and Aisha Bibi,” and “Kül Tigin: A New Look” produced with BBC World News channel. Famous American actor Mark Dacascos joined the production of the film “Land of Nomads.”

The films will be released with subtitles and dubbed in the six official languages of the United Nations (UN).

“The documentary film ‘Golden Warrior’ was premiered on BBC in 2017. The new films will promote the country on the global arena and make the Kazakh culture known worldwide,” she said.

The first stage of the Sacred Kazakhstan project has also been officially completed. The books “Sacred Places of National Importance,” “Regional Sacred Places of Kazakhstan” and the first volume of the Sacred Kazakhstan encyclopaedia in Kazakh and Russian were published. Thirty videos about regional sacred sites for promotion in social networks were produced.

Bozok, Botai and Saraishyk state museum-reserves were also created to develop the cultural and tourist cluster in the North and West Kazakhstan regions and the capital. The scientific and restoration works were completed on 25 historical monuments in 2017.

Azret Sultan State Historical and Cultural Museum.

Azret Sultan State Historical and Cultural Museum.

The interactive online map with detailed descriptions and 3D tours was also launched, noted the official.

The digitisation of books and historical documents is underway. The national library databases will be unified and will be available on the e-Culture web portal. It will also include 3D platforms, tourist guides and excursions to the cultural attractions.

The visiting centres are expected to open in the regions. The project has a mission to preserve unique cultural monuments, increase competitiveness in attracting tourists, and provide favourable conditions for scientific, archaeological, and educational programmes. The first centres will be launched at the Ulytau, Otrar and Tanbaly museums-reserves.