Kazakhstan - Beyond Borat.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION. Official Selection, Full Frame Festival 2010 Official Selection, DMZ Docs 2010
Maxim Pozdorovkin is a director and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Moscow, he has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, and Berlin. After studying film at Harvard University, Maxim directed three short films Each and Every Thursday , Not on Route 6, and Miss Mend: A Soviet Vision of America. Maxims next project is a feature length film/collaborative media documentary project on the history of the AK-47 machine gun. Capital is his first feature length film.
Director Maxim Pozdorovkin - The idea of building a city from scratch is hard to wrap your head around. After all, a city is an organism that gradually evolves from trading post to metropolis. You cant just build one, this wont work, I remember thinking to myself after hearing about President Nazarbayevs decision to build a new capital in the middle of the empty Kazakh steppe. A decade later I was on a train with cinematographer Joe Bender going to make a movie about the tenth anniversary of Astana. For Astanas first generation the building of a new city is inseparable from the building of Kazakh national identity. This film is dedicated to them. Theirs is the story of what happens when human, economic, and cultural capital come together in a dusty village in the steppe.