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by Guka Omarova


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 local Kazakh community and living off 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 his land has been excavated. He is furious, so when the petrol station burns down in a freak accident, it seems like just revenge – until his son is kidnapped. Devastated and at a loss, Batyr goes looking for Aidai's help.

international title: Native Dancer
original title: Baksy
country: France, Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Guka Omarova
film run: 87'
screenplay: Guka Omarova, Sergei Bodrov
cast: Nesipkul Omarbekova, Farkhat Amankulov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Almat Ayanov, Asel Abutova
cinematography by: Rafeek Galev
film editing: Darya Danilova
art director: Menlibaeva Almagul
music: Sig
producer: Sergei Bodrov, Sergey Selyanov, Sergey Azimov, Natacha Devillers
production: Les Petites Lumières, Kinofabrika GmbH, Studio Kazakhfilm (KZ), CTB Film Company (RU)
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