Native Dancer
Filmfest 2009

Aidai is an elderly spiritual healer, a “Kazakh Baksy” who has the power to find a person's lost soul, heal the crippled and locate stolen cattle. For years, Aidai has been serving her community and living on the land of a rich businessman, Batyr, who feels indebted to her because she helped his wife to conceive. When local gangsters decide that Batyr's land would be a prime location for a petrol station and a motel, Aidai puts up a fight, as the land is what connects her to her spiritual powers. Ignoring threats from the gangsters, Batyr goes away on vacation, but when he returns Aidai has disappeared and when the petrol station burns down in a freak accident, it seems like just revenge – until his son is kidnapped. Devastated, Batyr goes looking for Aidai's help. Cineuropa.org Omarova shows that there is more than money and power and packages the battle between good and evil in a delightful Kazakh mood with neon-coloured table ornaments, Kazakh pop music, gangsters with guns, ghosts in the night and incantations. IFFR, 2009

tags: Feature film

Cast: Nesipkul Omarbekova, Farkhat Amankulov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Almat Ayanov, Asel Abutova

Credits

Director: Guka Omarova