Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Turkic Film Screening: The Light Thief (Свет-аке, Svet-Ake)

Fri, October 13, 2017 | MEZ 1.306

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Svet-Ake movie poster
Svet-Ake movie poster

Turkic Film Series

 The Light Thief (Свет-аке, Svet-Ake)

2010, 80 minutes


“Here we have an engaging, small-scale story about a Kyrgyz electrician called Svet-Ake (the "light thief" of the title), who is expert in tapping the electricity supply to provide for his hard-up village. Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity: Svet-Ake finds himself a pawn in a bigger game, as besuited businessman Bekzat (Askat Sulaimanov) attempts to get himself elected as the local deputy, with dark plans to grab hold of land ownership.” (The Guardian, 2011)

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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